After visiting the Vocation school today, we went to the Inspector General of Government. Unfortunately, because the Inspector General was out of the country, we talked to the Director of Legal Affairs. In the beginning of his lecture, he talked about what the IGG does, what it helps prevent, and the definition of corruption. The definition according to him was, "Abuse of public office for personal gain, embezzlement, theft of funds, fraud, etc." Personally, I felt like he addressed the amount of corruption within the country excessively. However, he also addressed the different acts that have been enacted within the past ten years. Each of these acts either allowed the prosecution and arrest of those who committed crimes of corruption by the IGG, and allowed the country to see the information provided by the government. He also described the mass quantities of money that have been embezzled. According to the world bank in 2008, 70% of government contracts we're not rewarded. He also read from the constitution from 1995 the whole time. This personally made me feel like he really didn't understand what was going on and made the presentation very slow and uncreative. Not that this type of presentation needs to be "creative," but I felt like he didn't really know what to talk about and spun in circles a lot. Did anyone else feel like he was contradictory and any point in his speech? What did he say?
All facts aside, I personally found that the IGG of Uganda does not make the country sustainable. A successful system of checks and balances allows for laws to be passed in a positive way. The current system gives all power to the president without checks and balances. That being said, the question that was asked about the outside resources for help really bothered me. He continued to argue that the reason that they can't stop all of the corruption because there isn't enough funding from the government. However, with how corrupt the government is, why would they fund a program or person to try and stop them? If they need funding, I personally feel like the funding needs to be from an outside source. What do you guys feel about this?
- Do you think the IGG relates to sustainable development?
- How else should they try to stop corruption in the country?