On Friday 20th March 2015, UDN participated in an Anti-Corruption Marathon organised by the Church of Uganda - Sebei Diocese, who are a local partner of the Democratic Governance Facility. The event, held in Kapchorwa Town, drew over 200 participants from the Sebei region, including the young and old, male and female alike. Several local and national Civil Society Organisations participated in the event, including: UDN, TI, ACCU, CSBAG, Teso Anti-Corruption Coalition (TAC), UDN Community Monitors from Kumi, Tororo and Bukedea Districts, among others as an expression of solidarity in the fight against corruption.
UDN's Executive Director, Mr. Patrick Tumwebaze gave a speech on behalf of the Civil Society fraternity and he thanked all CS actors for their efforts and dedication in Anti-Corruption advocacy, urging all Ugandans to keep up the good fight for a corrupt-free Uganda. The Kapchorwa District RDC, Mrs. Jane Frances Kuka represented the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity as the Chief guest. In her speech, she recogninsed the contribution of Civil Society and reiterated Government commitment to fighting corruption. She also called upon the communities to utilise the institutions in place and provide as much information to the state on matters of corruption to help curb the vice.
The Kapchorwa District Sports Officer decried widespread corruption tendencies within the Sports sector as well as underfunding for Sports promotion in the region and the country as a whole. Government was called upon to increase support for Sports talent nurturing, as a means of overcoming societal challenges like youth unemployment, school dropout rates especially for the girl-child and household poverty. The Bishop of Sebei Diocese (Church of Uganda) also graced the occasion.
DGF pledged continued support towards the anti-corruption marathon activities.
UDN Executive Director, Mr. Patrick Tumwebaze (speaking) introduces UDN community-based monitors working in Teso Sub-region while giving his speech during the Marathon event