Nine Civil Servants have been awarded for their contribution towards the elimination of corruption in the country.
At the third edition of the National Citizen Integrity Awards held at Royal Suits Hotel in Kampala, thirty individuals were selected and one person emerged an overall winner of the prestigious award.
The overall winner for the 2020 Edition was Florence, a midwife and nurse from Masindi
Peter Wandera, the Executive Director, Transparency International Uganda noted that the awards were established three years ago with the aim of appreciating those who have maintained their ethical code of conduct on their duties despite the numerous challenges they face.
“The winners are a source of inspiration and this gives us hope that with the right people, we can fight corruption; many public and civil servants work with a lot of temptations and those who resist such temptations must be awarded for doing good,” Wandera said.
“Wandera added that the awards as well provide space for citizens, government and development partners to renew their commitment in the fight against corruption a vice that has affected many lives of Ugandans.”
Francis Xavier Ejoyi the Country Director of Action Aid revealed that the winners. were purely selected by the local people under the guidance of the committee.
Ejoyi noted that these awards provide a platform to citizens to participate directly in improvement of service delivery through appropriating those who have performed to their expectations which give a challenge to those who have been left out to also pull up their stockings.
“Most of the roads are first eaten by the corrupt officials before being eaten up by potholes and later the citizens end up perishing in the same roads due to accidents.”
Ejoyi added that they also looked at somebody who has been consistently considered as a person of integrity in their public service life, they have never been accused of bribery.
The Country Director of Action Aid International Uganda, Xavier Ejoyi noted that arriving at the winners is a citizen led process.
“It’s not us who choose these people but we rather facilitate the process, we lay down some criteria that will enable picking these people; we want to find out whether somebody did a unique act of service of integrity,” Ejoyi said.
He noted that the award is important in the fight against corruption as the winners automatically become champions of integrity that are looked to as men and women who are advancing integrity.
“People are looking for examples in the fight against corruption, the society is generally saying that there are no longer any genuine Ugandan that is not corrupt; this is to tell Ugandans that it is possible to maintain integrity.”