By Naboth Isaac Niwagaba
The fight against corruption in Uganda is hampered by the systems that give protection to corrupt officials while law abiding civil servants are living in fear, former Alliance For National Transformation Presidential Candidate Rtd. Maj. Gen Mugisha Muntu has said.
Gen Mugisha Muntu was yesterday addressing party delegates from Kigezi Sub-Region in Kabale District. He was accompanied by Ntungamo Municipality outgoing Mp Gerald Karuhanga and Ambassador Edith Grace Ssempala the ANT Head of Women League, among other dignitaries.
Muntu who is also the ANT National Coordinator said that one of their objectives was to create an environment where all Ugandans including civil servants will be able to expose corruption without feeling insecure.
The Former UPDF Commander made reference to Tanzania where he said that the former President John Pombe Magufuli created a Government system that protects every citizen engaged in the fight Against corruption.
He said that the situation was different in Uganda because the “honest people are hiding from the public scene while the thieves are holding meetings in open, to plan for and execute corruption”
Muntu said that corruption in Uganda had not yet gone beyond a limit where nothing can be done. He asked ANT leaders to stay positive about change. “We have to preach the gospel of hope to citizens who are pressed, but yearning for a better Uganda. You should be prepared for a remarkable change and let the people know that victory over corruption is on their way.” he said.
While presenting the findings of the Fourth National Integrity Survey report 2019/2020 in February this year, the Inspectorate of Government and Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) named Police as the most corrupt. The report named the courts and land tribunals as the second most corrupt while land offices were also named corrupt by 53 per cent of respondents.
Public health facilities (hospitals) were named corrupt by 47 per cent of respondents, district service commissions (45 per cent) and agriculture extension services (43 per cent).