The new corruption rankings by Transparency International, TI, continue to darken the economic outlook of Uganda.
According to the latest Global Corruption Barometer released by TI, among the 95 countries surveyed, Uganda is listed among the 17 most corrupt countries in the World.
With a score of 61%, Uganda becomes the second most corrupt country in East Africa after Kenya at 70 percent.
Rwanda, the most corrupt free country in the region got a 13 percent score and Tanzania is rated at 56 percent. At least one person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, the report found. Most African countries have poor scores when it comes to bribery.
The findings reveal that Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe - 84% - and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda inclusive. The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia; they all have a bribery rate of 1%.
The findings do reveal that the public perceives politicians, judges and the police to be the most corrupt. The new findings come at a time when the Auditor General has just released a report that found grand thefts of public funds in the office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Public Service.
Early this year the donor community cut most of its budget support after it was reported that Shs 50bn meant for the rebuilding of Northern Uganda had vanished in the OPM. Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of the Anti Corruption Coalition said yesterday that she was not shocked by the findings.
“Even when there have been steps to fight corruption through the creation of institutions like IGG, DPP and the public accounts committee, all these have been made inefficient due to lack of political will…,” she said.
Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga, said politics has killed all the efforts to fight graft.