The British handed over to Ugandans a ladder of corruption, taught Ugandans how to climb it carefully so that one will not fall, but unfortunately, Ugandans while climbing that corruption ladder do misplace theirs steps, fall down and are exposed.
The reason being that corruption is alien to Uganda and Ugandans.
As someone with international expose and a world citizen, I can tell you without mincing word that there is no country in this planet that has been able to eliminate corruption totally. The only difference between Uganda and other countries of the world in terms of corruption is that in Uganda, corrupt officials are rewarded with chieftain titles, ministerial appointments and exalted elected positions such as MPs, LC V, RDCs, etc whereas their counterparts in other parts of the world are subjected to penalty, sometimes even death penalty.
While I was a teacher in the Department of Computer Science, University of Ghana, Legon, as a non-Ghanaian, I was expected to get Non-citizen Identity Card from National Identity Authority (NIA), Ghana. I was there to get this card because without that, I cannot receive salary from the University of Ghana. The procedure for obtaining that is transparent because you have to pay into Cal bank. After the payment, the official that would attend to you has to be settled, otherwise, it is only God’s intervention that will make it possible for you to get that without settlement.
Not too long ago, I was in Britain and I will not say that there is no element of corruption in that country in which Prime Minister, David Cameron accused my country, Nigeria of being corrupt to the tune of fantastically. According to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2015, 90 percent of respondents believed that the UK Government is run by a few big entities acting in their own interest. That is corruption itself. Transparency International (TI) defines corruption as ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
I am convinced that corruption would be reduced to a tolerable level in Uganda if adequate penalties are given to those caught. It is not enough for the government of the day to pay lips service by saying that she is fighting corruption. Does it mean that no Ugandans has been convicted on corruption charge since the fight begun? What has happened to those convicted? Possibly,the government has always asked them to return some percentage of corruption gains and keep the rest for future campaign. As long as no punishment is meted out to corruption offenders in Uganda, those who are not corrupt might be tempted to join the queue. After all, this get rich quick syndrome has built a mansion in our hearts and minds and is already occupying it.