Uganda still tops EAC in corruption, says report
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
KAMPALA- The chances of forking out a bribe to access most of the crucial services in Uganda have dropped from 40.7 per cent last year, to 26.8 per cent in 2013, a report by Transparency International has revealed.
However, the East African Bribery Index 2013 still finds Uganda leading the East African region in prevalence of bribery despite a series of laws mooted to combat the vice. Burundi comes second at 18.6 per cent.
Tanzania and Kenya were the only countries to make progress in the anti-graft fight in the region, moving down a spot each, albeit with relatively lower aggregates. In 2012, Tanzania and Kenya posted 39.1 per cent and 29.5 per cent respectively.
Though Rwanda maintained position five as the country with the least bribery incidences in the region, it was the only country to post an increased aggregate from 2.5 per cent last year to 4.4 per cent this year.
The report makes a particularly damning assessment at the police, with the Force ranked as the most bribery-prone institution in the country at 60 per cent as well as boasting of the highest prevalence of bribery at 47.8 per cent.
Lands services and the Judiciary came in at position two and three, with an aggregate score of 46.7 per cent and 42.0 per cent respectively.
And bribing a police officer does not come cheaply, with the average bribe an officer will take estimated at Shs900,000, according to the report.Yesterday, police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba did not respond to or return repeated phone calls.
But Judiciary spokesman Erias Kisawuzi dismissed the findings as based on “perceptions”.
“I have not had a copy of the report but be that as it may, these are perception reports. I do not know whether its respondents reflected a cross section of Ugandans,” Mr Kisawuzi said.
The report further reveals that the police rake in 27 per cent of the bribes that exchange hands in Uganda.
With the police, which is mandated to enforce the law, largely incriminated by the report, it is little wonder that 93 per cent of respondents in Uganda said they did not report the bribery cases they encountered.
Victims of bribery, according to the report, opted to remain silent because they knew no action would be taken to resolve their complaint.