Mrs. Rachel-Odoi Musoke – the JLOS Ag. Senior Technical Advisor illustrated to participants the current corruption manifestations and Anti-corruption initiatives in the Sector. She emphasized that corruption is a big problem in the Sector and the country at large, with the Police and Judiciary ranked top most corrupt institutions in the country. The high prevalence of corruption in the country and the need to have context specific strategies to fight corruption informed the development of the JLOS Anti-corruption strategy. Having the Strategy is positive step in the fight against corruption, however, the most important stage is its implementation.The anti-corruption capacity-building workshop was a trigger for a spirited concerted effort of Sector institutions to implement the strategy.
Development Partners urged Sector member institutions to focus on three critical issues; detection, deterrence and prosecution of perpetrators of corruption. In his presentation, the Chairperson of the Development Partners’ Accountability Working Group, Mr. Alex Stevens from the Department for International Development (DFID), shared Development Partners’ perspectives on corruption and anti-corruption reforms in JLOS and the government at large. He emphasized that corruption is a big vice in Uganda and the Sector in particular, considering the ranking of the Police and Judiciary as the two institutions with high prevalence of perceived or actual corruption practices. He commended the country for enacting very good laws against the vice while placing emphasis on enforcement of these laws.
Experts from Lantern consult delivered an analysis of the JLOS anti-corruption strategy and expectations from the JLOS institutions. The facilitators explained in detail the causes of corruption, effects and the challenges in fighting corruption and illustrated how the Sector institutions can promote a culture of zero tolerance to corruption. In addition, the workshop also considered current anti-corruption mechanisms in view of what has worked and what has not worked. This was linked to skills and approaches that institutions should apply in developing their institutional action plans to implement the Strategy.
The last session was a group activity where participants were involved in validation of the Strategy and development of a road map for implementation. Emphasis was on appreciation of the strategy, validation and strengthening existing mechanisms, and innovation to fight against corruption.
The participants resolved to carry forward five action points;
- Consolidate information from the workshop and share with all participants. This information is part of the overall effort of popularizing and dissemination of the Strategy.
- Identify institutional contact or focal persons for purposes of follow up of the workshop undertakings. The preferred options are institutional heads of Policy and Planning Units where all other technical persons will converge.
- Development of institutional action plans for implementation of the JLOS Anti-Corruption Strategy. These would feed into the annual budgeting and planning, at institutional and Sector level for implementation.
- The JLOS Secretariat will engage heads of institutions to support the development and implementation of the work plans.
- Follow up workshop to be held at the end of October 2014 to evaluate institutional plans and implementation strategies in place.