The Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo has defended the Shs 117bn earmarked for fighting corruption saying the vice is now carried by sophisticated and powerful cartel.
Lokodo, in statement read at Media Center on Tuesday, noted that corruption has increased and proven destructive to the economy.
“Fellow country men and women, corruption in Uganda has become endemic and is destructive to the service delivery and productivity of our nation. Corruption has increasingly become complex in form, often practiced in syndicates with high level of concealment,” said Lokodo.
The Minister without giving details said the fraudulent officials have built powerful cartels to the disadvantage of agencies fighting corruption.
“The corrupt have built powerful cartels to entice, intimidate and in some instances, disempower those tasked to fight the malaise. Corruption is so entrenched in society that individuals with ill-gotten wealth are recognized as developmental heroes,” added the Minister.
Lokodo noted that when NRM came to power in 1986, the Ten-Point Programme was the guiding principal policy document of the government and number 7 was the elimination of corruption and misuse of power.
Lokodo however remarked that Inspectorate of Government, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Criminal Investigations, Directorate of Uganda Police Force, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court and Directorate for Ethics and Integrity lack a coherent policy to guide their operations.
“Although government adopted a zero tolerance to corruption stance since 1986, there has not been a written (documented) policy framework to galvanize and effectively coordinate the operations of the established institutions.”
According to Lokodo, lack of policy has adversely affected fight against corruption.
“The absence of a documented policy framework has therefore greatly constrained the fight against corruption in Uganda as evident in incoherent and uncoordinated operations (investigations, prosecutions and communications) of the anti-corruption institutions.”