Museveni yesterday officially opened the 9th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa at Lake Victoria Serena, Kigo.
The meeting attracted delegates from 16 African countries. Museveni welcomed them to the Pearl of Africa. Where corruption is an ideological issue and a privilege for the rich.
Museveni said that those who perpetuate corruption do not understand the two problems of humanity; oppression of man by nature and oppression by fellow man.
‘Therefore, as you steal public resources you must ask, can you as an individual solve these human problems or sustainably remain prosperous when everyone else is poor? It is not possible.” Museveni said
“The prosperity of a few cannot be sustainable. For Uganda’s case, the anti-corruption fight needs to be rooted in two bases; the resistance councils and the resistance army” Museveni added
Museveni vowed to crush corrupt oficials within one year because the resistance councils or wanainchi, are the victims of corruption and are a good tool to fight the vice. They have nothing to benefit from the corrupt.
“When we noticed the dangers corruption posed, we created new laws, new institutions like IGG, to fight the vice. ” He said
“But over time, the fire in them burnt out. Most likely they were infiltrated. That explains why I have to stoke the fire with new watchmen like the Anti-Corruption Unit to watch over the old watchmen.”
He revealed the three key issues to resolve in the corruption fight as;
- ensuring thorough investigations
- enforcing prosecution
- getting the courts to dispense immediate justice.
“The battle against corruption is winnable, we just have to work together to achieve this” Museveni concluded.