THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND THE ROLE OF LAWYERS
“It is time to stop those who get away with acts of corruption. The legal loopholes and lack of political will in Governments facilitate both domestic and cross border corruption, and call for our intensified efforts to combat the impunity of the corrupt”–
Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 puts Uganda at an alarming 140th position out of 177. The index serves as a reminder that the abuse of power and bribery continue to ravage Uganda and the world at large.
What then is our role as lawyers in the fight against corruption? In our traditional roles of defenders of justice and representatives of individuals before the law, it has become increasingly difficult to serve the public because those who can pay bribes will be served first and those who cannot pay may never be served at all - this perverts the rule of law. It is for us as lawyers to fight this trend aggressively and create a clean legal system.
Many public officials that embezzle funds are turning to lawyers to act as age...Read More