Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Lt.Col Edith Nakalema will be the new face of Uganda’s anti-corruption drive. President Yoweri Museveni on Monday confirmed she will head a new unit in his office dedicated to fighting corruption.
Museveni introduced Lt.Col Nakalema at Kololo where Uganda celebrated this year’s world anti-corruption day 2018.
The President admitted frustration at the pace of the fight against corruption, and said Nakalema will be the link between his office and institutions like the IGG’s office that are already in place.
At Kololo, Museveni announced toll free lines to fight corruption as 0800202500 , WhatsApp 0778202500 and was particularly bitter with police – traffic officers who continue to take bribes, and those who arrest Ugandans for being idle and disorderly. He said the laws being applied by police are colonial.
He said the state house unit will not usurp the functions of the IGG, but complement it by enhancing the role of citizens and popular vigilance in the fight against graft.
Uganda’s public sector is one of the most corrupt in the world – the 151 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries -according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.
The “Corruption Rank” in Uganda averaged 113.86 from 1996 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 151 in 2016 and a record low of 43 in 1996. (see world stats bottom)