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Ugandans to Report Corruption Using Mobile App

Sylvia Namubiru, the Executive Director LASPNET, says they came up with the application because of the rampant cases of corruption in the country, adding that she hopes the app will help reduce corruption tendencies experienced by members of the public.
The US Embassy official and officials from LASPNET launching SAYitApp

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Legal and Service Providers Network-LASPNET has launched an application aimed at helping members of the public to report corruption related matters across the country with ease.

Martina Ojambo, a consultant with Legal and Service Providers Network and the brain behind the application dubbed SAYitApp”, says members of the public will be able to use their mobile phones to report corruption cases directly to the concerned agencies.

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The app is freely available for download from the google play store and installation on android phones. Once installed members of the public can report their complaints directly to the Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU), Uganda Prison Services, Directorate of Public Prosecutions-DPP, Inspectorate of Government-IG, Inspectorate of Courts and the Judicial Service Commission.

Sylvia Namubiru, the Executive Director LASPNET, says they came up with the application because of the rampant cases of corruption in the country, adding that she hopes the app will help reduce corruption tendencies experienced by members of the public.

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According to the Uganda Youth Survey Report of 2016, about 80% of the national population is below the age of 30. Namubiru says since the youth comprise the largest part of the population, they are the most affected by corruption, which makes them good anti-corruption agents.  

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While presiding over the Launch of the SAYitApp, Susan Parker Burns, the Head of the Public Affairs Section in the United States Embassy in Uganda, said America is interested in hearing a reduction of corruption in the country, saying it will promote economic development.

“Economic growth, development and democracy cannot be seen if there is corruption in the country, we want to see a stable East Africa where we can promote trade”, said Susan. According to Transparency International Uganda's Corruption Perception Index 2016, Uganda ranked 151st out of 176 countries sampled across the World. 

The launch of the application comes only a few days after the Commemoration of the International Anti Corruption Day on December 9th. In Uganda, the Anti Corruption Day was preceded with a week long activities under the anti-corruption week under theme “Restoring Integrity in Public Service, Regaining Citizen Trust in the Anti-Corruption Fight.” 

The theme was premised on lessons drawn from desk research and the activities of International Anti-Corruption Week 2016 as well as a review of (ACW 2016) and planning ACW 2017 retreat by the Inspectorate of government (IG) Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets   (PPDA), Office of the Auditor General (OAG), Justice Law and Order (JLOS) and Directorate for Ethics and Integrity (DEI) at Lake Victoria Hotel-Entebbe on 4th and 5th May 2017.

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