Graft: Lokodo Roots For More Funding

Graft: lokodo roots for more funding
Appeared in The New Visionon 26 Mar 2021

The state minister for ethics and integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo has called for more funding towards the anti-corruption agencies if the country is to tackle corruption.

Lokodo made the call while launching the Fourth National Integrity Survey Report, which ranked the police as the topmost government institution in extorting money from members of the public in the form of bribery.

The survey was conducted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) on behalf of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) in 15 sub regions of Uganda, representing both rural and urban areas. It used a mixed approach of data collection including quantitative (figures) and the qualitative method, which focused on group discussions.

The last survey was conducted in 2008. Police is followed by the courts of law and land tribunals, followed by the land offices, as well as the public health facilities, which include hospitals and health centers.

At least 59.5% of the population thought that greed or the need for quick money individual tendency was the main cause of bribery.

Lokodo said the report was an eye-opener that corruption indeed exists and affects the majority of the population.

“I agree with the report that the main cause of corruption is greed and not need,' Lokodo said, arguing that there were many people in need but are not corrupt.

He said he concurred with people who believed that corruption is theft and a criminal offence, which must be punished heavily.

He however disagreed with the belief that corruption was bribery, saying it was instead embezzlement of government resources, which he said was the worst evil because it often leads to negative consequences including loss of life.