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New anti-graft mechanism launched

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By  BRIAN MUTEBI

Posted  Tuesday, December 31  2013 at  02:00

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Corruption and lack of accountability of public funds are some of the major causes of poor services delivery. The 2012 Auditor General report discovered that Shs89b was embezzled.

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Kampala- A mobile Application (App) has been developed to fight graft in the health and education sector.
Using a mobile phone or a computer with Internet access, citizens in Wakiso District, where the project is pioneered, will be able to check graft by knowing the amount of money government allocated to every public primary school and health centre in their area, and the actual amount spent.
The App was developed under the Action for Transparency project.

Corruption and lack of accountability of public funds are some of the major causes of poor services delivery. The 2012 Auditor General report discovered that Shs89b was embezzled.

The Action for Transparency Project coordinator, Mr Gerald Businge, on Thursday said the project, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency and implemented by Uganda Media Development Foundation, Transparency International Uganda and African Centre for Media Excellence will train 2,000 journalists, civil society activists, and civil servants in Wakiso district and raise public awareness on corruption.

The App can function as a website that can be opened in any browser and or automatically be converted to Apps for Android, Nokia, Blackberry and Iphone. The data fed into the App is got from the ministries of Finance, Health and Education.

“You can report any suspected corruption straight on their mobile phone. Your report will be published immediately on the Action for Transparency website, on Facebook and possibly on the Transparency International website,” Mr Businge said.

He said the system enables anonymous reporting to protect the identity of the whistleblowers.

bmutebi@ug.nationmedia.com