Museveni Pledges to End Corruption in His next Term of Office.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has pledged to end corruption in Uganda as part of his five-year plan.
In his manifesto, Museveni said that in his last five terms, National Resistance Movement has been so determined to fight corruption tough it’s still a big problem in Uganda, which he is still determined to defeat in his sixth term of office.
Museveni explained that NRM has previously fought corruption through various ways which included establishing offices of Inspectorate of Government (IGG) whose objective was to hold public officers accountable, Auditor General and the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DDP) that existed before but lacked independence to investigate corruption cases.
These offices are appointed by the President with approval of Parliament
Museveni has further pledged to continue this road and will defeat corruption at two levels, corruption of need and corruption of greed.
To defeat the corruption of need, NRM pledges to carry out a pay reform and continue with salary enhancements to remove injustices and address the compression ratio in salary scales. This will enable the salary of lower-level cadres to meet their basic needs.
And corruption of greed is to be defeated through strengthening of investigative and prosecution machinery so that corruption cases are thoroughly probed, tried and put before court for adjudication.
Through ICT, NRM pledged to minimize human-to-human contact in the delivery of services which has already started in the issuance of passports and driving licenses, eliminating bribery. And this will be roll out in the provision of other services and earn confidence in NRM’s delivery of services.
Furthermore, NRM pledged to also introduce timelines in which certain services are delivered. For instance, when one applies for a land title, it should be clear stated when the applicant will receive it. This will apply to issuance of all Government licenses. Museveni said that the current state of affairs where one waits indefinitely for a Government service creates opportunities for errant Government officials to ask for bribe.
NRM will also close the gaps within the procurement law. For instance, the current law also allows the contractor — while on site — to vary the cost up to 15% of the original contract.
NRM pledged to use technology to track the attendance of teachers, health workers and the distribution of medicines and drugs in Government health units in order to curb absenteeism and theft.
Through the barazas (district and sub-county accountability) introduced by NRM to increase participation of the citizens in ensuring service delivery and accountability. The barazas will continue to empower communities with information about public service delivery programmes in their localities. Through the parish model, the barazas will be continued to enhance accountability.
Corruption will be further fought by improvement in supervision of Government officials using both administrative and political methods using the elected councils and Parliament. For instance, on the issue of the stealing drugs from Health Centres this will be fought administratively. There is a Gombolola Internal Security Officer commonly known as (GISO) in every Sub-County who will be required to fight this. The Sub-County Chief and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the district who will use the administrative machinery to fight corruption in the delivery of services in the district. They will investigate and take administrative action including sacking a civil servant through the District Service Commission.
At the political level, the councilors both at sub-county and district will expose the corrupt civil servants in their areas of jurisdiction. For instance, the sub county or the district council can address the problems of theft of drugs in their sub-county as well as tackling the problem of poor service delivery in the education, water and feeder roads.