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Uganda now less corrupt

By Vision Reporter

Added 7th October 2003 03:00 AM

UGANDA has improved its global ranking in the Transparency International (TI) corruption rating.

UGANDA has improved its global ranking in the Transparency International (TI) corruption rating.

By Alfred Wasike

UGANDA has improved its global ranking in the Transparency International (TI) corruption rating.

In a global index released on Monday, TI highlights corruption levels of 113 countries.

Uganda earned 2.2 out of a 10-point scale and was ranked 113 together with the DR Congo, Ecuador, Iraq and Sierra Leone.

Last year, only 102 countries were listed and Uganda scored 2.1 points and was ranked 93rd.

Bangladesh with 1.3 points is the most corrupt country at position 133. Nigeria follows with 1.4 points, Haiti is third with 1.5, fourth is Myanmar with 1.6, Paraguay is fifth with 1.6, Angola, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Georgia, Tajikistan scored 1.8, Indonesia and Kenya scored 1.9, while Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, Libya and Papua New Guinea scored 2.1.

This year’s total of 133 relates to the fact that more valid and reputable sources have been incorporated, according to TI.

The survey reflects the perceptions of academics, risk analysts and business people. This year’s index was based on 17 surveys by 13 independent institutions.

The new index lists countries in terms of the degree to which graft is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Jotham Tumwesigye, has warned against complacency and called for more work to combat graft.

“There is cause for celebration. There is still too much work to do to change the perception that Uganda is still among the most corrupt nations in the world. We should aim higher. We have to work very hard to change this negative perception about our country,” he said.

Top on the clean sheet are Finland (9.7), Iceland (9.6), Denmark and New Zealand (9.5), Singapore (9.5). Sweden (9.3), Netherlands (8.9), Australia, Norway and Switzerland (8.8), the United Kingdom, Canada & Luxembourg (8.7), Hong Kong and Austria (8.0), Germany (7.7), Belgium (7.6), Ireland and United States (7.5), Chile (7.4).

Launching the report in Berlin, Germany, TI head Peter Eigen urged rich nations to do much more to help developing countries tackle endemic corruption. AFP reported.

Uganda now less corrupt

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