The government through the agencies is set to implement a lifestyle audit program that will be used to track the wealth of individuals, who will then have the task of explaining the sources of their wealth.
government has asked all religious faiths in Uganda to dedicate services to pray and preach against corruption.
anti-corruption agencies in a joint statement have, through the Inter-Religious
Council of Uganda, asked all worship places to mold their messages around the prevalence
of corruption in Uganda, the pain of corruption and its cost to the country, and
who the victims are. The day is being commemorated under the theme:
Promoting Acting Citizen Participation in Social Accountability.
The Inspector-General of Government Betty Kamya says for as long as the high
prevalence levels of corruption in Uganda are sustained, Ugandans will never get
adequate service delivery.
that her emphasis on victims is because many ordinary Ugandans are indifferent
about corruption because they are not aware that it affects them, as others
benefit from it.
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agencies and international transparency reports estimate that Uganda loses
about 1 Trillion Shillings annually, which is 5% of the domestic revenue
collections. It would also be enough to give each sub-county in Uganda 1 Billion Shillings.
sector agencies have been named by corruption perception indices as top
perpetrators of the evil, including judiciary, police, public services, land
administration, tax, and procurement.
Corruption Perception Survey issued by Transparency International in January
this year places Uganda in 142nd out of 179 countries, having declined by one
place the previous year.
prevalence of corruption has defied the many state agencies that include the
Inspectorate of Government, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, the Financial
Intelligence Authority, the Department of Ethics and Integrity, the Auditor General,
the Police Criminal Investigations Directorate, the Internal Security Organization,
Directorate of Public Prosecutions and the Public Procurement and Disposal of
events include the public mobilization strategy that will see all local
councils from the village to the district hold council sessions and organize
public events about corruption, according to Kamya.
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government through the agencies is set to implement a lifestyle audit program
that will be used to track the wealth of individuals, who will then have the
task of explaining the sources of their wealth.
This is in response to the failure by the state to successfully prosecute
high-ranking government officials who are implicated in corruption.
this has been a headache and the public is usually compelled to believe that
senior officials and others with connections to state agencies are protected
from the law.
says the failure comes from the highly complicated methods used by this
category of corrupt people making the difficult to arrest and prosecute. It
is expected that the Lifestyle Audit due to be launched next month will answer
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General’s office which will take a leading role in the lifestyle audit says the
program gives a bigger role to the citizens to play because the information will be
Ogentho, Director, Technical Services says it is easy for even an ordinary
person to detect corruption through analyzing the lifestyle of a person, especially
whom they are close to.
says that with collaboration among the state agencies, it will be easy for them
to track lost funds, but adds that citizens are vital as sources of
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lifestyle audit program also provides a basis for the state to recover the
stolen assets. Col Edith Nakalema says this is important because it will then
make corruption expensive.
Nakalema says, the available punishments can never be adequate because the
culprits usually go back to enjoy their illicit wealth even after serving their
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The agencies also say that this approach will help solve the issue of lack of
enough resources since there will be closer collaboration between them and
also with the media and civil society.
Director at the PPDA, Benson Turamye says that next year a process will be
launched to digitize all the 407 government procurement agencies and this will
limit physical interaction between the public officer and the bidding service
But he says
the collaboration with the citizens will still be vital.
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