MoPS participates in the Anti-Corruption Week Launch 2016
Every year, a special week is set aside in Uganda in respect of the fight against corruption. This year, the celebrations are being marked under the theme; Reject and Report Corruption; Your Responsibility. The official launch which was held on 02 December 2016 was presided over by His Excellence the Vice president of Uganda Rt. Hon Edward Ssekandi at CHOGM grounds in Kampala.
In a collaborative approach and effort, the anti-corruption Agencies together with other stakeholders such as Ministry of Public Service came together to form a ‘syndicate of anti—corruption agencies’ to counter syndicate corruption and all other forms of corruption.
A series of activities were organized aimed at mobilizing the populace to reflect on the efforts made against corruption, to further sensitize the public about the dangers and impacts of corruption, share success stories of the Anti-Corruption Agencies and finally re-commit to continue fighting the malaise until it is kicked out of Uganda. These included Radio and Television talk shows, Open days/exhibitions, Barazas, Public dialogues and a match through the streets of Kampala to create awareness among the populace.
In his speech at the launch of the Anti-Corruption week, the Vice President H.E. Edward Ssekandi said “corruption is a malaise and a symptom of moral decadence that has permeated sphere of the Ugandan society”. He added that corruption was hurting the economy and aggravating the impoverishment of the populace. “Despite the good progress recorded, the country continues to face intolerably high levels of corruption both within the public and private sector,” he added.
Government is in the process of developing a ‘Zero Tolerance to Corruption’ Policy in the move to renew and guide the country’s struggle against forms, causes and adverse effects of corruption. This policy underlines the government commitment to fight corruption and guides the efforts of non-government actors to ensure effective synergy in fighting corruption.
During this launch, the Ministry of Public Service exhibited materials such as the Client Charter, The Uganda Public Service Standing Orders among other policy documents which are a guide to the service and help to curb corruption tendencies.