11 December 2012

Uganda Police Named Most Corrupt Institution

The police have been named the most corrupt institution in the country in the annual corruption report released today by the inspectorate of government in collaboration with the economic policy research center of Makerere University.

Following suit was the judiciary at 49% in 2011 to 24.8% in 2012 and most of their officials were accused of corruption.

The report shows that the rate of bribery within the force reduced from 57.4% to 48% in a space of a year.

This comes at a time when the former Supreme court Judge George Kanyeihamba said he wants all the corrupt judges out of the judiciary and advised that the government should investigate all suspected judges of their involvement in these act.

"Several judges have been named in corruption scandals and there is evidence in writing but there are still working" he said during the launch of the report "The right to fair trial in Uganda" by Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) in Kampala.

Kanyeihamba said that a corrupt official is worse than an empty chair.

The other institutions which were named were the medical institutions and the education institutions.

The report shows that the rate of bribery within the force shot up to 79%, from 53% in a space of a year.

"Uganda is still behind in good governance and accountability" Xzania Mugisha, the senior researcher at the economic policy centre said.

He said that anti corruption agencies have tendencies of collecting data without clear evidence.

Speaking at the launch, Inspector General Raphael Bakku said despite efforts to drastically reduce graft, other sectors are just escalating in the act.

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