Uganda Rises 12 Spots in Global Corruption Rankings


The perception of corruption in Uganda’s public sector increased much more in 2016 compared to the previous year according to a new index by Transparency International.

Uganda’s global ranking has gone down 12 places on the list of the least corrupt countries from 139th in 2015 to 151 in 2016.

Transparency International did the survey in 176 countries world over. The index indicates that corruption will continue to surge unless countries address inequalities in income and distribution of power.

In the 2016 rankings, symptoms Uganda is the most corrupt in the East African region, try only after South Sudan and Burundi. Rwanda is the least corrupt, information pills in 50th position followed by Tanzania (116) and Kenya in 145th place.

While officially releasing the findings at a news conference in Kampala on Wednesday, Peter Wandera the Executive Director Transparency International Uganda largely attributed Uganda’s poor performance to the shortcomings of the 2016 general elections as well as the major corruption scandals that occurred in the recent past.

“A lot of anomalies like voter bribery during the elections. But also, cases like the UNRA corruption probe and then pension scam led to the decline in Uganda’s ranking,” Wandera said.

While he admits that there are good existing laws to counter the vice of corruption, Wandera like many other activists faulted the implementation process of these laws.

“We have very good laws. An integrity survey that was made a few years back rated Uganda’s laws at 98% but implementation was ranked at 54% so there’s a gap. Government must ensure that accountability institutions are well resourced,” he said.

Cissy Kagaba who is the Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda in her reaction to the rankings, partly blamed dysfunctional systems in Uganda and poor prioritization within the leadership.

“Sometimes, our political leaders get a lot of pressure from the locals to offer them services since most of the systems have failed to deliver,” Kagaba told ChimpReports.

“But the bigger problem is that government has wrong priorities. They keep saying there’s no money to deliver quality health services but when politicians make noise and demand for expensive cars, government avails them cars.”

Kagaba however observed that it is difficult to address corruption tendencies like bribery and extortion without dealing with the drivers like underfunding. She says the human resource in institutions like Police and the judiciary is underpaid which makes them vulnerable.


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