The parents have been warned against designing expensive campaign posters for their children as it breeds corruption.
The executive director of Anti- Corruption Coalition Uganda, Cissy Agaba said parents especially in urban areas make expensive campaign posters than Members of Parliament.
“The campaign posters designed for the children are more expensive than those of the MPs. It’s the parents who inculcate this behaviour to their children in order to win elections. It’s very sad and the parents who promote this type of behaviour should stop it,” Agaba said.
In Secondary and Primary Schools elections are held to elect prefects.
The chief anti-corruption crusader was briefing journalists about the commercialization of politics at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday.
She informed reporters that a survey which was carried out last year targeted 275 MPs randomly picked excluding ministers showed that some MPs spent between sh351-sh400m in the 2011 elections.
The survey was conducted by Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring in partnership with National Democratic Institute.
The study indicates that 90% of MPs interviewed agreed that the cost of competing for a Parliamentary seat has increased ten times since 2001.
Agaba pointed out that if the trend is not curbed only what she termed as super rich will contest Parliamentary seats in the 2016 elections.
“If the costs of competing for Parliamentary seats continues to rise at the same rate it has over last ten years then only the super- rich will be able to compete,” she said.
Peter Wandera the executive director of Transparency International Uganda cautioned that if the commercialization of politics is not tamed then Ugandans will end up having mediocre MPs who can’t debate issues because they used money to secure a seat in Parliament.
He said Ugandans should not risk sacrificing quality for cash (money).
“If we continue paying money for politics then we shall exclude quality in favour of cash,” Wandera said.
“We shall end up having poor legislators and poor laws.