PRESIDENT TO LAUNCH NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORT

President Yoweri Museveni will on the 10th of December, 2018 launch a new anti-corruption effort to address the widespread corruption which over the years has tarnished the country’s image internationally. Speaking at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of Transparency International, held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala where he was presented with an award for his efforts to fight corruption, the President told anti-corruption activists that the National Resistance Movement government had from its inception in 1986 taken a strong stand against six major problems which included extrajudicial murders, lack of democracy, collapse of the economy, collapse of infrastructure, poaching and corruption.                                                                                   

In an attempt to combat corruption, the Government introduced the positions of the district LC5, LC3 chairpersons and councilors to keep tabs on the activities of the civil servants. The decision, he added, has not yielded the expected results thanks to what he dubbed ‘’weevils’’ who go ahead to threaten or  blackmail the Government and isvredit it among the population whenever attempts to move against them are made.

The President added that he does not buy the idea that low salaries are the major cause of corruption in the public service citing examples of institutions which remunerate their employees handsomely such as Bank of Uganda (BOU), Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) yet continue to be listed among the most corrupt.

State minister for Ethics, Simon Lokodo who was also present said the political will and government’s commitment to fight corruption was the reason a robust institutional and legal framework has been established to deal with the vice and encouraged citizens to look out for corrupt individuals.

The coordinator of the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy, Crispin Kaheeru, proposed what he called national civic values training as one of the ways of fighting corruption and planting seeds of patriotism in the population.

“Even if you make billions of laws without instilling values in the population we will not achieve much,” he added.