Uganda Today: Several scandals of corruption have bedeviled president Museveni’s 37 years regime, many of them hinge on the president’s lack of will to root it out.
In the early years, there was the purchase of junk helicopters that involved the president’s young brother general Salim Saleh. This scandal that cost the country collosal loss, the president underplayed it and had the audacity of saying ” when Saleh came to me and said the truth, I forgave him”
Saleh went scot free and this action more than anything else, gave the impetus to all other government officials to entrench their clandestine ways of graft.
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During the COVID-19 worldwide fight, Uganda was given relief in cash and material but those in charge apparently dipped their hands in the coffers of these funds for self aggrandisement.
Notable among these were the permanent secretary ministry of health and Monica Musenero whom Ntungamo Municipality MP tried to pin in parliament for corrupt tendencies. The president without hesitation jumped into the fray and turned the guns against the members of Parliament accusing them of defaming “decorated Government officials”.
The president cautioned the current government inspector of government (IGG) Betty Nakamya to “go slow on the corruption because when they steal public funds, they don’t take it abroad, but invest it here in hotels”. All these and an avalanche of similar statements, portray obscurantism as far as fighting corruption on part of the president.
The president is on record while on a visit to Rwanda that “Uganda is full of thieves”. However when pressed to take a whip on the the corrupt, he is always hesitant because, he inwardly feels that if he “arrests the corrupt Government can fall”.
The current corruption scandal of Karamoja Iron sheets where over 15 ministers, the Speaker of Parliament, the vice president, the prime minister and a deputy prime minister are all cited, citizens are awaiting to see what the president is going to do about his promised “political move”.
The president wrote a letter to the prime minister under whose supervision relief aid is distributed in the country.
It’s however ironical that the superintendent of the exercise is one of those cited in misuse of iron sheets. Apart from the speaker, all the other ministers fall under the president’s jurisdiction to discipline.