In the year Sept. 2008, Corruption Brakes Crusade (COBRA) was formed by five former LCV councillors of what was then Lira District from which five districts have been carved out. It was registered with the National NGO Board, registration number is S.5916/7974.
A vibrant, Patriotic, Developed and Prosperous society
Mission: Promotion of accountability, transparency, integrity, participation and development through equitable, honest, and open service delivery
The motivation behind the creation was to decelerate corruption which had been observed and fought within the council with limited success. It was felt a crusade appealing to the general populace, without the limiting vices within the council, would not only widen the effort but would expose the spread and danger of the scourge and the flagrant abuses of Human rights attendant thereto. The sectors worst affected were road and building construction, and also the water, and education sectors.
Over time, COBRA has increased its membership with strict scrutiny of the records of the intending members. The membership comprises of volunteers and former civil servants who enrich the organization with their past experiences and provide models to be emulated by their testimonies. Registered members support the organization financially and it also relies on partners for activities delegated to it or done in partnership.
The structures are governed by the Annual General Meeting that is overseen by the board through a secretariat operated by members and volunteers who carry out the activities of the organization. Cobra has over time carried out sensitisation in the communities and over radio programmes through which we reach out and get feed-back from the service consumers in the form of reports and complaints or whistle-blowing.
We conduct advocacy, engage service bearers in dialogues,and carry out crosschecking exercises on reported matters.We have since worked in partnership and networked with many bigger organizations like Uganda NGO forum(UNNGOF), Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations(DENIVA), Anti corruption Private Public Partnership (ACPPP) to which we are registered members. We also are members with Northern Uganda Anti-corruption Coalition (NUACC), Lira Ngo forum (LNF) and cooperate with others like Hurinet-U, ACFODE, ACODE etc; and also many international organizations like ICC,TI,CIVICUS, Open Society Foundation, Protection International, Human Rights Watch, Global Legal Empowerment Network from which we receive regular publications and news-reports.