Poor pay fuelling corruption in public service, says Cissy Kagaba

Anti-Corruption Fight

Cissy Kagaba, the executive director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda has attributed corruption in the public service to underpayment.

Kagaba was speaking at an corruption symposium over the weekend.

"If some officials earn more income than others, then those under them are likely to involve themselves in corruption in order to earn as much", Kagaba said.

In December 2017, the Inspector General of Government,  Irene Mulyagonja said corruption had been exacerbated by the insufficient funds allocated to some government facilities.

“The police are compelled to solicit additional funds from the complainants to facilitate the operations and carry out their responsibilities,” Mulyagonja said.

Mulyagonja appealed to government to increase funding of some underfunded government institutions to improve service delivery.

According to Transparency international Corruption perception Index of 2017, Uganda ranks 29th from last among the highly corrupt scoring 26.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Corruption remains the major hindrance of service delivery in the political, social and economic sphere of Uganda.

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