By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr Simon Lokodo has said that in a bid to fight corruption in the country, the battle should not only be left to the Inspectorate of Government but every ministry should have the anti-corruption department.
“Everyone on board to fight this policy aims at enhancing formation of a legal framework to end corruption in Uganda. We shall not leave this to only the Inspectorate of Government office but every Ministry should have a department to prevent corruption,” he said.
Addressing journalists about the cabinet resolutions at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Tuesday, Father Lokodo said lack of a written policy to fight corruption is one of the reasons the vice had been ongoing in the country.
“There’s a strong will by Government to fight corruption. It’s true now a zero tolerance to it has been adopted. Now there will be a written document to fight these operations. It’s lack was one of the reasons the vice had been ongoing,” he noted.
Fr Lokodo added that in implementing the new zero tolerance to corruption policy, government will spend Shs117bn of which Shs106bn is available.
“With no financing, it’s difficult to implement anything. A total budget for implementation of the recommended measures during one Financial Year for all the Anti-corruption agencies is Shs.117,668,712,000.
A total of Shs106,028,852,000 is already available within the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of the core Anti-Corruption Agencies who are to implement the zero tolerance to corruption policy,” he revealed.
Minister Lokodo added that government is proposing to enhance salaries of civil servants because many of them end up stealing funds due to poor pay.
“We are aware that civil servants are not paid very well that’s why we are proposing to enhance their salaries because many of them end up stealing funds in their places of responsibility. We’re aware of this and are at the neck of it,” he said.
Corruption remains a key challenge in Uganda despite a flourishing anti-corruption legal framework. The core of Uganda’s legal anti-corruption framework is the Anti-Corruption Act, the Penal Code, the Inspectorate of Government Act 2002, the Public Finance Management Act 2015 and the Leadership Code Act 2002 (LCA).