We are going to confiscate properties of corrupt govt officials; Museveni
The head of state of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni on Monday joined Ugandans in marking the International Anti-Corruption Day at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala. He sent a strong message to corrupt officials that their wealth will be confiscated once they are found guilty of the corruption and embezzlement cases. He said that ‘‘By 1986, we had seven major problems associated with corruption; extra judicial killings by the army, extortion at roadblocks by soldiers, poaching in national parks, wetland encroachment, embezzlement of public funds, bribery and nepotism. The first three we dealt with quickly. We are still dealing with the others. Embezzlement is largely done by the accounting officers; the permanent secretaries, chief administrative officers, Gombolola chiefs and town clerks.’’ The president said.
He added: With the new anti -corruption campaign I am launching, if government money is stolen, these are the people I will come for. These corrupt people should also know that we have many young educated Ugandans. We shall easily replace them. A few corrupt people can no longer blackmail us.
He later officially commissioned the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to be led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema. He urged all Ugandans to use this office to report all cases of corruption.
In this new campaign, the president said, government is basically stoking the fire. ‘ ‘You can report cases of corruption to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit on 0800202500. Lt Col Nakalema is my watching post on this. She will keep me posted and pursue cases of corruption with the other agencies.’’