Political Activists must Engage in Transparent fight against Corruption - President

Sunday, April 25, 2021

NALI, KYANKWANZI: President Yoweri Museveni has called on political leaders at all levels to engage in a more transparent fight against corruption saying they are the most appropriated sector of people to engage in the fight against corruption in society because they are near the voters who suffer most.

“Some of the corruption practices are easy to deal with. People who can fight corruption most are the political activists and leaders. They are near to the people and can sensitize them more”, he said.

The President was on Saturday 24, responding to a paper on corruption in Uganda presented by Dr. Ramathan Goobi, a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School on the topic: ‘Understanding the causes, perceptions and the role Parliament in eradicating corruption in Uganda’.

The First Lady and the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, the NRM SG Justine Kasule Lumumba, CEC and EALA members among others were of part of the audience that attended the afternoon session presentations at the ongoing NRM MPs elect retreat in Kyankwanzi.

The President urged the legislative arm of government to treat corruption in the country as a serious matter, which the political leaders should fight to get rid of. 

“When you do not act to fight corruption, people will be against you as a leader because this affects all aspects of their lives. We must work together as stakeholders to fight this,” he said.

On solving the issue of unemployment and job creation, the President said this can be achieved through enhancing the national campaign on Socio-economic transformation in society using the sectors of agriculture, industrialization, ICT and services sectors as elements of development. 

President Museveni used a case study and experiences of Richard Nyakana who practices model farming in Rwengaju Parish in Kabarole district and even modified the government plan of farming on a four model farm to one acre.

Mr. Nyakana testified that he earns Shs 73 million from poultry of 4000 egg-laying birds and 30 million shillings from four milk producing cows per year.

The President also noted that Mr. Nyakaana was one of the few Ugandans who picked his message since 1995 when he started the campaign against poverty eradication at homestead level by implementing intensive commercial agriculture on small pieces of land.

In his remarks Mr. Goobi said that Parliament has the capacity as the country's supreme political authority to ensure that state institutions are transparent and accountable. 

“The new parliament has an opportunity to restore sanity by fighting against corruption in society,” he said.