Government turns to ‘humane approach’ to curb corruption

Government turns to ‘humane approach’ to curb corruption

The Ethics and Integrity Directorate of the Office of the President has introduced a people-centered approach to fight corruption in the country.

The “District Integrity Promotion Forum” encompasses the participation of local people, civil society organizations and leaders of the respective districts and cities to promote integrity and curb corruption.

During the launch of the Acholi Sub-Regional Forum from Kitgum Municipality on Wednesday, the Director of Ethics and Integrity, Alex Okello Bwangamoi, said they are no longer focusing on corruption but rather emphasize promoting integrity where there is no corruption.

“I am hopeful that we are no longer talking about fighting corruption because when we talk about fighting, the person will prepare to fight back, but when we talk about promoting integrity, everyone wants to have a good life and demonstrate integrity. We assume that this is a humane approach to resolve corruption amicably among all,” Okello said.

He added: “When we do this, we are not talking about corruption, we are emphasizing the promotion of integrity in its entirety. Even where there is no corruption.”

The forum’s composition includes state and non-state actors at all levels under the direction of the resident district and the city commissioner.

The forum aims to support existing legal frameworks in the fight against corruption, such as the Anti-Corruption Law of 2009 and the Whistleblower Protection Law of 2010.

It seeks to discuss and address problems in service delivery at the local government level at its initial stage without involving the Government Inspectorate and other anti-corruption agencies.

Okello revealed that the forum will be held in Acholi, West Nile, Karamoja, Lango and Teso sub-regions.

Sebastian Ogoni, Deputy Commissioner of Lamwo Resident District, said the forum will bring everyone together to appreciate the issues surrounding corruption, which he described as cancerous.

“There have been many abuses of public office and moral decline. This forum will attempt to tie up the loose ends that are used to incite corruption in the country. I urge my colleagues to use the forum to coordinate, report and modify matters related to corruption and service delivery,” he said.

Mr. Solomon Nokrach, Field Officer of the Forum for Women in Democracy in the Acholi sub-region, called for capacity building and equipping of this forum for effective implementation.