BY MARION BAMEKA
The overwhelming corruption indices among young people have forced Uganda Christian University (UCU) on journey to combat this vice.
Martin Kizito, the head of department of Public Administration and Governance, told The Standard that the university council on May 25, 2017 resolved that UCU will hold an annual anti-corruption week to condemn the vice.
The department of Public Administration will spearhead the campaign.
“The idea of the council is that as a Christian university we should not burry our heads in the ground and pretend that corruption is not around us yet it is everywhere and is affecting the entire country,” Kizito said.
Recently, researchers Save Uganda Initiative conducted a survey that revealed that 33% of the young people perceived corruption as a profitable venture.
The campaign started at Mukono Campus in the September semester of 2017 and this year it was taken to Kampala campus where it will run for a week from January 22-25 before rotating to the rest of the UCU campuses.
This year’s theme is “Avoiding Corrupting Forces of the World Consistently” and the selection was guided by 2Peter 2:20-21. Kizito said that are targeting both staffs and students.
At Kampala Campus, five students sat at panel on January and defined and explained what corruption is in the presence of the senior Inspectorate officer, Directorate of Education and prevention of corruption, Christine Iga.
Ivan Bojo, one of the panellist defined corruption as a form of behaviour that departs from ethics and morality.
“It involves favours, embezzlement, misuse of public funds and brides at every level of administration,” said Horace Mugabi another panellist.
Timothy Kajja was tasked to explain how corruption affects service delivery and he answered that because of corruption incompetent people get the jobs and do substandard work or nothing beneficial to societies.
The other panellist included Christopher Musoke who clearly brought out the number of laws that Uganda has put in place to curb the vice but said the implementation is still a problem.
He said that the institution entrusted with fighting graft only get those that were victims of circumstances (smaller fish), leaving the real culprits out (bigger fish).
Iga, said the IGG’s office has started going to such avenues to talk but also listen to the young people because they know that they may have the solutions to one of the nation’s biggest problem.
She also said that they have touched the big people such as the former vice presidents and prime ministers among others.
Vice chancellor speaks out
The vice chancellor, Dr. John Ssenyonyi in his remarks said that corruption is so much around us and that it is a temptation that everyone will face in his life time.
He further gave out tips to fight the vice. “The only way to overcome this temptation that is around us every minute and second is to be prepared at all times other than waiting for compromising situation to fight it:
l “Be content with what you have
l Trust in what the lord says is best for you
l Build a character that hates and rejects corruption
l Hide God’s word in your heart
l Obey the lord
l Keep fellowship with Godly people,” he advised.