President Yoweri Museveni has pledged to fight corruption in his new term office.
“There must be zero tolerance to corruption. It is a big shame to see Government officials delaying or frustrating investments because they want bribes,” he said Thursday while addressing ministers at State House Entebbe.
Museveni partly blame investors for not exposing these thieves.
“Indeed, the investors who want to cut corners and do shoddy jobs, actually welcome the corrupt tendencies of these officials because they, then, get away with shoddy jobs or products.”
Otherwise, he continued, the genuine and credible investors should report these parasites for drastic action to be taken against them.
“No delay in decision making in relation to the self-funded private sector enterprises, zero corruption and strict regulation,” he said.
He added: “Now that we have the foundation, Uganda will take off.”
As far as corruption is concerned, Museveni pointed out, government is going to impose strict discipline in the Public Service as we did in the Army and, where possible also in the Political Class.
Additionally, the President instructed Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to ensure that investors are given all necessary licenses in two days, following assessment.
“I will, therefore, not tolerate any delays,” he said noting that officials were delaying investors.
“It is a betrayal of our country to see an official tossing (kuhuuba) investors as if they are his employees (abapakasi) or people begging from him (abashabi). This betrayal has gone on for too long. No delays whatsoever.”