Bantariza: Corruption is part of capitalism

Shaban Bantariza

Shaban Bantariza

Government deputy spokesperson, Rt. Col. Shaban Bantariza, says the security and democracy achieved by the NRM are foundation for the development of the country.

Bantariza was appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme on Friday alongside Leonardo Okello, an activist.

“In a democracy, corruption cannot be fought individually but institutionally,” Bantariza said.

He observed that it was the reason why the country has an Inspector General of Government [IGG].

“Corruption is part and parcel of capitalism.”

He said the IGG has done a good job and prosecuted some people.

“All Ugandans have a right to question any civil servant’s wealth.”

Activist Okello concurred with Bantariza that apart from security, NRM has succeeded at establishing Local Council structure which helps keep government alive at grassroots.

“NRM has also started the country on the journey towards democracy,” Okello said.

He, however, noted that inequality levels are growing faster.

“The divide is growing wider.”

He said while government was talking about reduction of poverty, inequality was growing curtsey of a private sector led economy.

Bantariza suggested that fighting corruption should move from up to down and down to up.

“Even citizens can be corrupt, not just leaders.”

Okello reminded him that corruption grew in government due to individual merit politics which drove individuals to store up wealth to stay in power.

“Most institutions are limping. We have some of the best laws and policies but they never apply to all.”

Bantariza disagreed saying individual merit is not the start of corruption because personal integrity is a requirement for any job.

He said projectisation in Uganda as necessitated by International Monetary Fund and World Bank is reducing as the country becomes more self-sustainable.

Aside from corruption, Okello pointed out that the biggest challenge in the lead up to Uganda elections is the fear factor.

He cited a lot of intimidation.

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