President Museveni has said that the institutions of Government established to fight corruption have been infiltrated by corrupt people.
Museveni made the remarks while launching a media campaign against corruption dubbed “expose the corrupt” at State House Entebbe on Wednesday.
“Now the institutions are there, the laws are there but…but they have been infiltrated,” said Museveni.
The President called on heads of anti-corruption institutions to always monitor their juniors to ensure they don’t take bribes.
” You the leader, check the people you lead. How do you check? You check by having a direct link with the victims. The corruption of KCCA enforcers is on the streets. You can use citizens’ intelligence to get evidence,” he said.
Museveni also partly blamed the Judiciary which he said gives bail to some corrupt people who should not get bail.
Furthermore, Museveni termed corrupt people as parasites adding that their stolen riches cannot last.
“They want to be rich at the expense of the society. They are parasites. They miscalculate and think that if you are a parasite, you can be prosperous. If you get temporary prosperity, that prosperity can collapse. If you want to be prosperous, do it in a clean way. It’s wise that you work for prosperity in a clean way such that what you get survives.”
The Principal Judge, Flavian Nzeija said that although there is PPDA (Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority) law, much of the corruption is linked to procurement because it takes a bigger share of Government expenditure.
Nzeija added that corruption today has become sophisticated largely committed through technology.
“Corruption today is becoming sophisticated, IT based. You find one transaction can involve Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Finance. It requires more rigorous training in IT,” he said.
The head of State House Anti Corruption Unit Lt Col Edith Nakalema said that since its inception on 10th December 2018, the unit has carried out several anti-corruption investigations worth 250 billion shillings and caused the charging of several persons in courts of law.
1.7 billion shillings she said, has been recovered by Unit and over 146 persons charged in courts of law, of whom 120 were public officials.
The Unit has conducted investigations on corruption related offences in central government (MDAs), Local Government and private sector.