By Joyce Namutebi
PAN African Parliament (PAP) representatives have proposed that African countries should include anti-corruption as an area of study on their education curriculum right from lower levels.
The proposal was mooted during celebrations to mark the 10thanniversary of adoption of the African convention on preventing and combating corruption held in Arusha, Tanzania from December 7 to 9, according to Uganda’s representative to PAP, Kakoba Onyango.
“We believe that once people are taught ethics from the beginning, it will help them to grow up with morals and when they have morality it helps in fighting corruption,” he said.
The participants, who also included representatives from anti-corruption agencies, academia and the legal fraternity, were discussing the role of higher education institutions in the fight against the vice.
They urged countries that have not ratified the convention to do so saying that corruption is a menace that has to be dealt away with, Kakoba said. Thirty Four countries have ratified the convention including Uganda. What remains is its domestication.
Recently Ugandan MP, Sam Simbwa came up with a private members Bill intended to ensure that properties of people found to be corrupt are seized and moneys squandered recovered.
Also, during a workshop help as part of activities to celebrate the 10thanniversary, participants noted with concern that there are some foreign companies that do come to invest in Afric, but end up repatriating all the profits. “African countries should check this,” participants said.
Discussing the role of faith based organisations in the fight against corruption, the participants called for positive change among the people.
They called upon governments to increase funding to anti-corruption agencies saying such bodies should be meaningfully facilitated so as to be able to do their work.