More than half of the citizens (70%) are disappointed and dissatisfied with the country’s direction towards fighting corruption, a survey has proved.
The findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled More food, less money: Ugandans’ experiences and opinions on poverty and livelihoods. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey.
The findings are based on data collected from 1,905 respondents across Uganda in November 2018.
According to the survey that has been accessed by the Nile Post, citizens were asked if they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the direction that Uganda is taking in the areas of managing the economy, fighting corruption in government, creating income/job opportunities and improving security in the country.
72% were completely somewhat dissatisfied with the way the government has handled the economy, 70% was disappointed in the way corruption has been handled in the country, while 67% were dissatisfied with how the government has handled the problem of solving unemployment in the county.
48% of the sample space was however pleased or satisfied with how the security concerns have been handled.
Yesterday, President Museveni yesterday said one of the things failing his government in the fight against corruption is poor supervision.
“Do not recruit people on the basis of papers but look for integrity; that is common in URA, IGG and State House anti-corruption unit. Maybe in judiciary, army and civil service. Those ones we need the papers,” Museveni said while addressing Ugandans at Kololo Airstrip after his march against corruption.
The president further said that he will not hesitate to arrest anyone brought to him with evidence of corruption. Urging that corrupt people are like parasites because they achieve what they have not earned genuinely.
Meanwhile, the walk received a backlash both social and traditional media with political analysts, commentators, and citizens arguing that corruption can not simply be ‘walked out of the country,’