Corruption has been a problem in Uganda for many years. In 2022, Transparency International ranked Uganda 157th out of 180 countries in its Corruption Perception Index. This means that Uganda is perceived to be one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
There are many factors that contribute to corruption in Uganda. One factor is poverty. When people are poor, they are more likely to accept bribes in exchange for goods or services. Another factor is weak institutions. When institutions are weak, they are more likely to be infiltrated by corrupt officials.
Corruption has a number of negative consequences for Uganda. It can lead to a decline in economic growth, an increase in poverty, and a decrease in the quality of public services. Corruption can also erode public trust in government and make it difficult to implement effective policies.
The Ugandan government has taken some steps to address corruption. In 2009, the government passed the Anti-Corruption Act. The Act created a number of institutions to combat corruption, including the Inspectorate General of Government (IGG) and the Anti-Corruption Court (ACC).
The government has also made some progress in reducing corruption. In 2022, Uganda moved up two places on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. However, there is still much more work to be done. Corruption remains a serious problem in Uganda, and it will take a concerted effort from all Ugandans to address it.
Disclaimer: The author of the above article conducted this research over two years and has undertaken it as a personal endeavor. This research is independent and is not affiliated with The Ankole Times.