information pills http://crystalhills.org/crystalhills.org/templates/yoo_infinite/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/mod_finder/default.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The meeting, http://conversionxl.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php which took place on February 9 resolved to put in place an action plan for the smooth implementation of the Protocol on preventing and combating corruption rocking the region.
The plan sets forth the strategic interventions; activities, verifiable performance indicators and timeframe.
Given the resource constraints at the EAC secretariat, the meeting also agreed to push for inclusion of the activities of this sectoral Committee in their budgets at national level.
While reviewing previous decisions of the EAC Council, the meeting observed that all the countries had the legislation either as a standalone or as part of the anti-corruption laws.
The meeting noted, however that some countries faced a challenge where judges required whistle blowers to testify. This, it was observed, defeats the whole purpose because they are not expected to be witnesses, but to give information which should be investigated before prosecution.
They recommended the use of Information Technology for interviewing the whistle blowers.
The meeting noted that partner states had made progress in the war against corruption by putting in place relevant legislations, national action plans and strategies, including adopting international instruments such as AU and UN Conventions on Preventing and Combating Corruption.
Opening the meeting, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Political Federation, Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, said that although member states had enacted laws and established institutions to fight corruption, the EAC countries continue to fair badly on international rating by organizations like Transparency International and MO Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
“The situation is made worse when the same institutions put in place to fight corruption, have in some instances been accused of corruption themselves,’’ Kiraso noted.
The EAC official stressed the importance of promoting good governance in the integration process as key to successful implementation of other EAC Protocols such as the Common Market and the Customs Union.
Hon. Kiraso informed the meeting on the status of the protocol on preventing and Combating Corruption, disclosing that it had been endorsed by the Council and approved last November by the summit for signing.
She was optimistic that heads of state will sign the Protocol during the next Summit.
John KithomeTuta from Kenya, who is the current Chairman of the EAC Sectoral Committee on Preventing and Combating Corruption, said that joint efforts were needed to tame the vice which otherwise would undermine the region’s integration efforts and its desire to achieve the ultimate goal of a Political Federation.
“Concerted efforts are needed to ensure that our region (EA) is wiped out of this vice,’’ he said in his opening remarks.
The two-day meeting was convened in accordance with the EAC Calendar of Activities for the period January – June 2012.
Participants were drawn from Anti-Corruption Agencies/Ombudsman, Ministries of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, ministries of EAC affairs, ministries in charge of good governance, Inspectorate of Government, Attorneys General office, Anti corruption courts, civil society organizations and officers from the EAC Secretariat.
Uganda, according to World Bank, loses Shs500bn in corruption every year.