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Museveni: I’ll exterminate rats in public offices


Museveni on arrival at Serena Conference Centre today

President Yoweri Museveni has described as “rats that eat our grain” corrupt officials holding public offices saying his government will fight ‪‎corruption amongst the political leaders and public servants.

“The corrupt are like rats – they destroy our future. We shall stamp out corruption and indiscipline amongst the army,” the president said while delivering The State of the Nation Address Tuesday at Serena Conference Centre in Kampala.

Museveni said these rats will see what a muyekela [guerrilla or resistance fighter] is.

“We must stamp out corruption like we did with indiscipline in the army.”

He attacked them over bogus procurement delays saying concessions should not more than two days if it was not for bureaucracy.

Museveni wondered why corrupt officials are so “shallow” bot to know they will be found out.

Using a Runyankole proverb, Museveni said whatever is written by ink cannot disappear hence the corrupt will be traced.

The president described as disgusting seeing a minister begging foreigners for money to build a hotel or pay his children’s school fees.

“If any leader needs help, s/he should talk to his/her Party, family or colleagues, not to foreigners or business community.”

“Try to live within your means,” he advised, saying the corrupt are an endangered species.

Museveni said while in the time of the late President Idi Amin corruption was a result of illiteracy yet while people are literate now, the behaviour is still the same.

He cited the example of the Uganda National Roads Authority report probing the allegations of mismanagement and corruption in the roads sector.

The report was handed to him last week by the commission of Inquiry head by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

The Bamugemereire report of the commission of inquiry into Uganda National Roads Authority says the Shs9 trillion used by UNRA to construct 1,500km of roads in 7 years was enough to construct at least 5,147km.

Also, Shs4 trillion ($1.2bn) was misappropriated by the old UNRA team, according to the 1,300-page report.

Museveni said the report will be a basis for crushing corruption in the roads sector.

“The report has made it simple for us to follow up issues in UNRA and highlighted the weakness of insider dealings.”

The report shows the losses the country has suffered at the hands of some UNRA officials plus other collaborators who include some contractors.

“These people stealing public resources must stop. I am going to handle them. They are going to be arrested,” he said.

“I have also directed accounting officers to ensure timely inspection of government programmes. No inspection leads people into temptation. Political leaders must also play their oversight role well.”

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