Uganda Still Ranked Most Corrupt-Transparency International

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The 2007 global Corruption Report has ranked Uganda, one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The report will be officially launched next week by Transparency International-an anti-corruption agency. The report focuses on corruption and judicial systems.

Highlights of the 2007 report show that corruption in Uganda has increased from a 2.9 index score in 2006 to 2.7. Last year Uganda was ranked 105 out of 163 Countries by the Global Coalition body.

The score which ranges between 10 and 0 relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts.

The figures have prompted the Anti-corruption coalition in Uganda to demand government action on the perpetrators.

Geoffrey Rwakabale, the Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda National Coordinator, says the coalition is concerned about the systematic siphoning of resources from the government coffers.

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Rwakabale says efforts by the Civil Society Organisations to fight corruption have been frustrated by Government bureaucracies and classified funds.

The Coalition body however says on some occasions, Government has kept a deaf ear on issues raised by the coalition.

Prior to the global fund scam that cost Uganda millions of shillings in illicit deals, Civil Society Organisations came out to question the illicit methods used in constituting the leadership at the Project Management Unit which was in charge of the funds. The Unit has since been disbanded and some of its officials and the three former Health Ministers face prosecution in Courts of law.

The Anti Corruption coalition has warned of Mass demonstrations if Government fails to take stern action on the former Health Ministry officials, some of who have been implicated in the misuse of Immunization Funds.

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