President Yoweri Museveni reiterated the resolve of the National Resistance Movement Government to address issues pertaining to corruption because, he noted, the Movement has confronted many challenges since its inception and solved them successfully.
The president made the remarks on Monday while searing in the newly appointed Cabinet Minister at a ceremony held at State House, Entebbe.
The President congratulated 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Mr. Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ms. Rose Akol Okullu and State Minister for Industry, Mr. Michael Werikhe upon their new appointments.
Mr. Museveni, therefore, told the Minister of Internal Affairs to fight the rampant corruption, especially in the Department of Immigration and the Police.
He also called for the conclusion of the National Identity Card Project that had been started by late Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.
He also referred to corruption in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives that he said has led to sabotage and killing of many developmental projects in the country.
He castigated some departments that are famous for killing development projects, especially those established by investors in Uganda to enhance the national economic growth.
He cited the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) as one of the departments that have killed investments.
He at this juncture mentioned the Palm Oil Project that is based in Kalangala district, as one of the programmes that are being sabotaged and killed leading investors to relocate to other countries.
The President also noted that the Namanve area in Mukono district that is supposed to be an Industrial estate by now, but has been killed because the money that was given by the World Bank was misused and the allocation of land done in a corrupt manner.
He further disclosed that some of the sites given to investors in the Namanve area were in swampy water logged areas.
He, therefore, wondered why such land is given to investors when it is prone to floods.
Turning to the Minister for East African Community Affairs, the President urged him to follow up on the regional treaties especially the one on the issue of the East African integration.
He noted that whereas other treaties are progressing well, the one on regional integration was not moving accordingly.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, Mr. Henry Kajura, Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Bart Katureebe, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura and the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija, among others, attended the ceremony.