Auditor General: It’s Difficult to Eliminate Corruption in Uganda

The Auditor General John Muwanga says fighting corruption is no picnic

The Auditor General, troche John Muwanga has revealed that Uganda is still finding it harder to eliminate corruption due to the new techniques used in the game.

This was in response to media questions while handing over his office’s’ financial report of the year ending 2016.

The Auditor General noted that corruption is a big challenge world over and Uganda like any other country is still battling with it.

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According to a report by Transparency International, Uganda scored 25 points out of 100 on the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index.

“Corruption has taken on new forms, in the old days it used to be understandable, you would easily find someone exchanging a brown envelop to buy some favors. It has now taken new dimensions in a sense that it is wrapped up in complicated manner like if you are to read a contract, you wouldn’t see it since its embedded within,” Muwanga said.

Muwanga noted that the wording within the contracts signed is too legal in nature which makes it harder to be able to be identified how and in which manner it took place.

“The complexity and its changing nature over the years has made it become a manse challenge; that’s why now when we do our audits, we have lawyers, procurement experts, staticians, geologists and medical doctors. All these skills are brought in purely because of the complexity of how transactions are undertaken and the manner in which they happen such that we can be more effective.”

“So can it be eliminated, that becomes a very difficult question to answer; we can only try to contain it but eliminating it is extremely difficult. Containing it is a two way system were all stakeholders should work together.”


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