The High Court’s anti-corruption division held an open court session to collect feedback and views from the public on corruption.
The event that took place in Kampala, aims at enabling the public to freely interact with judicial officials on how best corruption in the courts can be fought.
The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, speaking ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day at the Anti-corruption court in Kololo, has admitted that their are corrupt tendencies that have plagued the judiciary and challenged judicial officers to be exemplary in the fight against corruption in Uganda.
In a research carried out, the research findings show that most Ugandan do have a moral compass‚ and those who pay bribes are still in the minority.”The survey found that:- “The poor find it more difficult to get through everyday life without paying bribes than the wealthy‚ and are significantly more targeted to pay bribes for employment; and
– “Bribery for employment and contracts occur almost equally in the private and public sectors.”
“it is clear that there are those who pay bribes to exploit the system for their own benefit‚ but there are also vulnerable people who are exploited by unscrupulous individuals”.
We found that people with lower income find it significantly more difficult to get through everyday life without paying a bribe‚ particularly with respect to bribes to secure jobs.
Speaking a head of the day the UN Secretary general said that “no country is immune, and every country bears a responsibility to end it”.
“Corruption strangles people, communities and nations. It weakens education and health, undermines electoral processes and reinforces injustices by perverting criminal justice systems and the rule of law. By diverting domestic and foreign funds, corruption wrecks economic and social development and increases poverty. It harms everyone, but the poor and vulnerable suffer most”, he added.
The theme of this year’s observance is “Corruption: An impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals”
Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.