Do Not Stain your Record with Corruption – Museveni Tells Auditors

President Yoweri Museveni has Thursday made a plea to auditing practitioners in Uganda to desist from ‘staining’ their work record with corruption which they are instead supposed to fight.

He said that as critical stakeholders in financial management, visit auditors must ensure that they keep track of finances in both public and private entities and report any red flags.

The President was speaking to over 500 professional internal auditors that attended the 12th Annual National Internal Audit Conference held at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.

“There are only two groups of people that control public finance in Uganda; accounting officers and auditors. I see we have very many young and fresh auditors. My prayer is that you don’t get stained with corruption, advice ” Museveni told participants.

“Don’t keep company with the bad people (thieves), ” he added in reference to corrupt officials.

Museveni tasked the auditors to challenge the politicians who may want to compromise their ethics and use them to steal public resources. The constitution grants accounting officers the power to manage all finances, he said.

“Why should a politician force you into corruption? You shouldn’t have an excuse because the law protects you.”

In addition to serving diligently, he implored them to adopt an attitude that is built on honesty and morality.


“You (auditors) have the power to follow up on the money and ensure it does whatever it is meant to do. You can change this country. Fighting corruption isn’t a big war, all that there’s to do is exposing what is being concealed,” he added.

Earlier, the President of the Internal Audit Association of Uganda, Fixon Akonya-Okonye requested the President to support auditors by providing the necessary resources as well as timely implementation of their recommendations.

“We request that government entities have internal audit departments that are not only fully operational and well resourced but also adapt the best practices,” Okonye told the President.

He also lobbied for government support towards capacity building especially in the areas of forensic and perfomance audit as well as strengthening Information, Technology (IT) systems.

In his remarks, Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija also cautioned the professionals against being ‘recruited’ into corrupt tendencies.

He assured auditors of his support through provision of a conducive environment that will enable quality human resource training and observance of good corporate governance.

Thursday’s conference was also attended by Angela Witzany, the chairperson of the Board of the Global Institute of Internal Auditors.

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