OP-ED

Is NRM truly standing against corruption in Uganda? A critical look at the country’s ongoing struggle

By Kyeswa Hakim

When one hears the word Uganda, one may think of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant culture. Unfortunately, this image is being tainted by the persistent issue of corruption that plagues this East African country.

Corruption has become deeply ingrained in Uganda’s government, hindering progress and causing harm to citizens. The ruling party, NRM (National Resistance Movement), has failed to effectively tackle this issue, raising questions about President Museveni’s willingness to truly fight against corruption.

Corruption in Uganda is a multifaceted problem that affects all levels of society. From petty bribery to grand embezzlement, it has seeped into the fabric of government institutions, making it difficult to weed out.

According to Transparency International, Uganda ranks 142 out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index, showing a high level of corruption within the country.

The consequences of corruption in Uganda are devastating. It hinders economic growth, deters foreign investment, and ultimately affects the well-being of its citizens. The diversion of public funds into the pockets of corrupt officials also leads to underfunded public services, such as healthcare and education, which significantly impact the quality of life for many Ugandans.

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The NRM has been in power since 1986 and has failed to address corruption in Uganda effectively. Despite the government’s efforts to implement anti-corruption laws and establish institutions to fight corruption, little progress has been made. The 2019 Global Corruption Barometer found that 78% of Ugandans believe that the government’s efforts in fighting corruption are ineffective.

The recent high-profile corruption cases involving government officials, such as stealing the iron sheets meant for Karamoja region rehabilitation, further highlight the extent of corruption within the NRM. These scandals not only show the government’s lack of action but also raise doubts about the government’s commitment to fighting corruption.

The misuse of power and embezzlement of public funds has led to an increase in poverty and inequality, leaving many Ugandans marginalized and vulnerable.

The NRM must take action to eradicate corruption and restore the trust of its citizens. This requires a solid and unwavering commitment from President Museveni himself. Merely introducing anti-corruption laws and institutions will not suffice. Implementing these laws transparently and effectively must be a priority.

Moreover, the government must encourage and protect whistleblowers who come forward with information on corrupt practices. This will help to expose corrupt officials, leading to greater accountability and deterrence.

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As citizens of Uganda, we must also play our part in fighting corruption. We must demand transparency and accountability from our leaders and not disregard corruption. Together, we must hold the government accountable for its promises to tackle this issue for a better future for all Ugandans.

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Hakim Kyeswa is a media analyst – Office of the National Chairman NRM (ONC) | Email: hakimkim255@gmail.com



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