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Corruption on the rise

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st March 2010 03:00 AM

CORRUPTION cases reported to the Police last year more than doubled compared to 2008, according to the 2009 Police report.There was also an increase in cases of ritual murders and deaths in accidents.

By Conan Businge

CORRUPTION cases reported to the Police last year more than doubled compared to 2008, according to the 2009 Police report.There was also an increase in cases of ritual murders and deaths in accidents.

The report, which was released yesterday, however, shows an overall fall in reported crime cases from 119,000 to 103,000.

The number of corruption cases went up to 95 last year, up from 46 the previous year. This does not include the cases being investigated by the IGG.

According to Police boss Kale Kayihura, there was an increase in the number of cases involving NAADS funds, local government funds and land fraud.

“Given the pervasiveness of corruption, this number is too low. Few people bother to report to the Police for action,” Kale explained.

He said he had ordered Police officers all over the country to aggressively fight corruption.

“We should not always wait for the President to unearth these cases for us to follow them up,” the Police boss noted, adding that there was also need to wipe out corruption within the Police.

Ritual murders increased to 29 cases last year, up from 25 cases in 2008. Kale, however, said, most of the people reported as missing had been found.

Of the reported crime cases last year, about one third were taken to court and of these, a quarter led to convictions. Over 22,000 cases were still pending, bringing the total case backlog to 40,000.

Theft was the leading crime in Uganda last year, with over 27,000 cases registered; followed by assaults (17,000) and economic crimes (11,000).

Property worth sh167b was lost and less than 10% of that was recovered. Sex-related offenses on the other went down considerably, from 12,000 in 2008 to about 7,000 last year. Rape cases were 619 compared to 1,536 in the previous year.

A total of 165 guns and 580 ammunition were recovered from criminals, higher than in 2008.

The number of deaths in accidents continues to rise. Over 2,700 people were killed in road accidents last year, as opposed to 2,300 in 2007. No figures for 2008 were made available.

Kampala continues to top the list of crime cases, with over 28,000, followed by eastern Uganda. Within Kampala, Katwe, Kawempe, Old Kampala and Kabalagala have the highest crime rates.

Corruption on the rise

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