President Museveni has said while Ugandans were complaining of officials suspected of corruption not being put in jail, it is within the law that they have to be prosecuted first.
He however noted that while the government had put in place laws to protect public servants, there was now need for quicker methods of demanding accountability.
The President was speaking during the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Transparency International Uganda (TIU) at Imperial Royale Hotel where a national anti- corruption dialogue was held under the theme ‘Citizen’s participation in the fight against corruption: A Sustainable Path to Uganda’s Transformation.’
“The laws are there, the institutions are there but the personnel handling them are the problem. I don’t need a frightened civil service. The country needs confident and able leaders who know what is right and do what is right,” he said.
He re-echoed the people’s views that increment in the remuneration of salaries of public servants was not the cure to corruption because public servants in government institutions like KCCA, Bank of Uganda, URA were still corrupt despite the high pay.
The Bank of Uganda is under investigation by the Parliament Committee on Commissions, Statutory authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) over fraudulent dealings.
Previously the President has accused officials in the Ministry of Finance and the Uganda Revenue Authority of corruption.
The President said that patriotism was the cure to corruption and that he would talk more on the government’s new efforts to curb corruption on 10th December 2018.
The Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo thanked His Excellency for putting in place legal frame works to fight corruption.
He noted that government had gone into partnerships with international agencies whose main goal and focus was to fight corruption and demand for accountability, which government could not do alone.