IGG Moves To Tackle Cross border Corruption

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Martin Jaachan Gwokto, the Moroto Chief Administrative Officer, says the initiative to combat Cross-border Corruption in Karamoja is timely.

The Inspectorate of Government has embarked on tackling Cross-border Corruption.

 
The campaign dubbed "Combating corruption in Cross-border communities, authorities and agencies in East Africa" targets the border districts of Karamoja and their counterparts in Kenya and Southern Sudan.

 
Amudat and Moroto districts border West Pokot and Turkana in Kenya respectively while Kaabong border Southern Sudan. The campaign financed by United Nations Development Program-UNDP in Kenya and Uganda encompasses the department of Ethics and all Anti-corruption bodies. 


It aims at improving awareness of accountability initiatives and develop strategies for Cross-border monitoring and community enforcement. The program also looks at creation of Cross-border platforms for engagement on accountability issues and increase communication. 


UNDP notes in its gap analysis of anti-corruption, accountability, security institutions in the border region of Karamoja and Kenya, that corruption is a key driver of conflict and instability and poses a direct threat to citizens' security.


"The incidents of insecurity, violent extremism and terrorism that Kenya and Uganda have experienced are partly attributed to corruption within the security and law enforcement agencies.  Despite the existence of institutions in charge of good governance,  promoting accountability and ensuring security in Kenya and Uganda; corruption at the border region of Karamoja continues to affect relations between border communities,  Cross-border trade and movement as well as border land security" part of the UNDP gap analysis reads.


UNDP however, notes that whereas corruption ingredients can be felt, there are no studies that focus on corruption at the border points. 


"However, judging by the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI), it is safe to say that corruption is endemic in Kenya (including Turkana) and Uganda (including Karamoja)" reads the UNDP gap analysis report.


George Bamugemereire, the Deputy Inspector General of Government, says the program is in its initial stages for effective border management.


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Martin Jaachan Gwokto, the Moroto Chief Administrative Officer, says the initiative to combat Cross-border Corruption in Karamoja is timely. 

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The three month program that will see the development of data on Cross-border corruption management is supported by the United States department of State- Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.