Henry Mayega, Uganda’s ambassador to China is confident that President Yoweri Museveni can end corruption in his next term of office.
“This time I will act directly and discipline the public service as we disciplined the army,” Museveni vowed shortly after being sworn in at Kololo independence grounds.
Museveni said in this term, government will expunge two weaknesses; corruption by public servants and delayed decision-making.
“I will directly deal with these two weaknesses; corruption by public servants and delayed decision-making.”
He said in the past, he relied on accounting officers but this time, will act directly to discipline corrupt public servants.
Ambassador Mayega says Museveni has not lost the good will of the people.
“It’s not animals that keep electing him back. The President Museveni I know is one who delivers. He delivered the peace that we enjoy today,” Mayega maintained while appearing on NBS TV on Wednesday.
He said Museveni’s regime has worked on more roads than all previous regimes combined.
“We also have peace. The president is the biggest consumer of intelligence. When he says opposition indulged in rigging, believe him”.
To the contrary, lawyer Godber Tumushabe, says NRM lives and runs on corruption.
“NRM has no capacity to deal with corruption. Corruption has become so systemic that we need a president who will make it risky for anyone to steal,” Tumushabe suggested.
Mayega, however, insisted in the next 5 years, corruption is going to be fought vigorously but “we should remember we all have a role to play”.