President Yoweri Museveni has vowed not to tolerate any forms of corruption in the next term of office.
“In this term, I will not tolerate any of these weakness (mainly corruption, red tape) that hinder investors,” Museveni said during the national budget reading at Serena hotel in Kampala Wednesday.
The president said corruption, delays, red-tape, duplication of roles, etc., etc. are in a way hindering service delivery.
“In this term (Kisanja), I will not tolerate any of these weaknesses.”
He promised to work with those who are not corrupt and who are fast movers.
“We are competing for investments with other countries. How can it be otherwise?” the president said threatening to sack anyone who interferes with investors.
“Anybody who obstructs investors in any way will be sent home to look after his/her chicken or goats or whatever.”
He said those who were implicated in the recent Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] commission of inquiry report will face the full force of the law.
“For the roads, those who did shoddy work will pay. You will see the causalities.”
Delivering the budget speech, Finance minister Matia Kasaija said corruption is multifaceted and appears in both grand and petty forms, impacting our people and country differently.
“Government is committed to combating corruption in all its forms. Government’s approach to Anti-corruption has been to put in place institutional, administrative and legal measures to enhance its prevention, detection, investigation and deterrence.”
He said government will strengthen the capacity for prevention and detection of corruption through implementing risk management and enhancing internal controls across Government in accordance with the PFM Act 2015.
All Accounting Officers are required to implement effective systems of internal controls, risk management and internal audit; enhance Multi-Sectoral collaboration consisting of the Inspectorate of Government, PPDA, Office of the Auditor General, Internal Auditor General’s Office (Under MoFPED), DPP, CID, Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), Anti-Corruption Court, OPM, Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Ministry of Public Service has been put in place to strengthen Anti-Corruption measures.
The minister said accounting Officers who do not account in full and in time for funds provided under their respective Ministries, Agencies and Local Governments will be recommended for removal in public interest.
“Deterrence of corruption will be enhanced through increased support to the Judiciary and other similar organisations for custodial sentences, plea bargain and asset recovery of ill-gotten wealth.”