NRM regime using corruption to retain power, says Kakaire

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Suleiman Kakaire

The Observer Media senior journalist Suleiman Kakaire has lauded Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon Jacob Oulanyah for telling President Museveni face-to-face that all are corrupt and should stop pretending.

“Mr President, we are all corrupt. Let us stop the pretence,” said Oulanyah during the anti-corruption walk at Kololo on Wednesday.

According to Kakaire, the speech from Jacob Oulanyah was spot on.

“Even if everything else from that walk was inconsequential. The fight against corruption in this country is not about the inadequacies in the legal system,” said Kakaire Saturday while appearing on Next Media owned Nxt radio.

Victoria University

He said the issue is in the lack of culture for the rule of law and that the nature of the political system in the country doesn’t have the will to fight corruption.

“It is not in their DNA. Fighting corruption needs a holistic approach, the Church, family and everyone should play their role.”

Kakaire said people are left with one option, not vote a known and perceived individual to be corrupt.

This mechanism has been weakened because people are very poor, he noted, adding that these corrupt people throw resources at the voters so that they get voted.

“The commercialisation of politics has been created by the president. Government has to put in place systems for likely danger.”

Kakaire said disasters have been recurring for the last 10 years and that government needs to understand how to handle areas affected by landslides because most times, the families go back to these areas which lead to a waste of the tax payers’ money.

Elections and politics

Appearing on the same “Nxt Big Talk” programme last month, Kakaire said updating the national register is a process that should be updated throughout the five years, that is what is presupposed by the law.

He said by law, everyone who makes 18 years by 2021 is eligible to vote.

“Players pushing electoral democracy have a weakness, we have to push for people whom we think are disenfranchised.”

“At every stage of the road map, we have informed our coordinators of what to do and how to participate. In case of objections, we document them.”

He suggested moving beyond legal reforms and institutional designs.

“If you’re fighting corruption, think about a cultural revolution. It has taken root in our society because it has become a way of life.”

According to him, the political set up defines most of the things in society. “If we don’t go back to historical events, we won’t know what is happening today”.

He said Uganda retains that character of an exploitative state right from the days of the colonialists.

“We are dealing with a regime which retains power through corruption. Corruption requires a holistic approach. The current IGG has been retrogressive, declaration of wealth is very critical as we head into elections.”

He added: “When you look at the Anti-Corruption Act, the IGG has the mandate to investigate illicit wealth. We need to debate a new consensus for Uganda away from President Museveni.”

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