Posted Sunday, November 13 2011 at 14:31
As a Ugandan, I am shocked and disappointed at the level of corruption in East Africa.
I think the real heritage we share as East Africans is corruption. Anyone who doesn't know this should read the East African bribery index released last month.
For example, nobody knows how much a vaccine costs at the border. On October 24 at Namanga border post, a yellow fever vaccine cost two Ugandan ladies Tsh40,000 and pleas to be given a receipt landed on deaf ears, coupled with threats of deportation back to Uganda. This is in spite of the fact that some people were cleared without the vaccination cards and there was an earlier announcement that the cost is Tsh12,000 per shot. Whatever the amount, why was it not receipted?
As we strive towards East African integration, my request is that we should develop democracies, not kleptocracies. I think we are headed for trouble at this rate and only thugs can thrive given the new opportunity to steal from bigger regional resources.