The head of the State House Anti-corruption unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema has expressed optimism that digitalizing government entities will help curb prodigious corruption.
Nakalema who was appointed six months ago says lessening human interaction through automation is key in fighting this tempting evil.
“Human interaction increases bias and also increases the temptation for bribery. So for us, who are against any evil of corruption in any form we prefer having online services,” she says.
Nakalema a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, in United Kingdom also says this will increase accountability in all aspects.
“You will account for whatever you receive without bias.”
According to Transparency International’s 2018 corruption perception index, Uganda is ranked 149 in terms of public sector corruption out of 180 countries.
Ranked 180 and 178, Somalia and South Sudan top other African countries in corruption tendencies. On a scale of 100, these two countries score 10 and 13 respectively.
Neighbors Kenya are ranked 144th with Tanzania 99th.
Nakalema commended National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) for spear heading Uganda’s digital transformation.
Apparently, the Government of Uganda through NITA-U, is implementing the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/EGI) project.
Particularly, it intends to connect all major towns across the country including Government Agencies via an optical fiber cable network so to scale down administrative costs and enhance communications services as well.