AS expected, President Yoweri Museveni has been nominated as the presidential
candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party to stand for re-election in the 2016 election.
With the expulsion of former prime minister and long-serving party stalwart Amama Mbabazi from the NRM’s ranks last year for “harbouring presidential ambitions”, Museveni was not expected to face a serious challenge in the nominations.
Mbabazi is now running as an independent candidate.
In his acceptance speech on Sunday at the party headquarters at Kyandondo in Kampala, Museveni said NRM as a government has achieved a lot over the years and pledged to fight corruption.
“It is only the NRM that can banish corruption in Uganda, only NRM does not plead with anyone,” the president said.
But the comment has drawn a lot of raised eyebrows. Museveni enters his 30th year as president next year, and corruption indicators have been declining steadily.
According to the latest Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International, Uganda ranks at position 142 out of 175 in perceptions of corruption, and 55% of respondents in the country think that corruption has “increased a lot” over the past two years.
68% think that corruption in the public sector is a “serious problem”, and 74% say that government is run by a few big entities acting “entirely” or “to a large extent” in their own best interest.
Furthermore, 62% of respondents think that anti-corruption institutions are ineffective in the fight against corruption.
The most corrupt institutions according to the Global Corruption Barometer are the police (88% felt that the police are corrupt/ extremely corrupt), the judiciary (79%) and public officials and civil servants (73%)..