Governed like a village, Uganda cannot beat corruption

Mr Museveni cannot do all the things he talks about when the country is governed like a village. Village-rule symptoms are everywhere.

In an African village, the chief usually avoids upsetting too many people, including wrongdoers, since he regularly rubs shoulders with them, and he has known them or their parents personally since childhood. Compromise and friendly smiles are less avoidable in a village than the larger state.

The absence of professionally organised records, and the use of verbal commitments and informal accountability ‘stories’ are more forgivable at the village office but not in the country’s larger national departments, where firm enforcement of rules and regulations should be mandatory.

Full article: Daily Monitor



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