By Our Reporter
The Speaker of the Uganda Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has urged governments of the East African Community Member States to provide adequate resources to agencies mandated to fight corruption.
Speaker Kadaga revealed this while addressing the 4th EAC Annual Convention on Good Governance at De Mille Collins Hotel in Kigali.
She decried the failure by governments to provide funding to these agencies amidst reports of sustained corruption.
“If we are committed to fighting corruption, where are we putting the money? Fighting corruption should become an election issue with the voters seeking the commitment of candidates, “she proposed to delegates.
Speaker Kadaga noted that billions of dollars lost in corruption and bribery in the region every year would have contributed tremendously to the development of road infrastructure, health services and access to fresh water.
She re-echoed the need for new strategies to sensitize the public to make corruption a key matters that needs urgent redress.
Mean while the former minister of Ethics and integrity Maria Matembe blasted EAC governments for lacking the political will to end corruption within the continent.
“Excessive hunger and greed for power coupled with insatiable greed for wealth and materials have now become the main source of corruption today. If we don’t go back to the drawing board, our continent is gone,” she warned.
She noted that politicization of corruption has left many accused officials free of punishment.