Opposition FDC politician, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, has said that President Yoweri Museveni is the most corrupt Ugandan and has no moral authority to fight the vice.
The Kyaddondo County East Member of Parliament was Saturday appearing on Capital Gang, a political radio talk show in Kampala.
“You can’t fight corruption when you are the most corrupt,” Nganda started, directing his attention to the president of Uganda.
He added: “The things the President does can only be done by a corrupt leader. The President is involved in corruption.”
Nganda’s remarks followed a debate involving the now jailed former Works and Transport minister also minister with out portfolio, Abraham Byandala.
Anti-corruption court on Tuesday remanded Byandala to Luzira prison for his involvement in Katosi road scandal that cost government Shs 24.6bn.
The minister without Portfolio was arrested by Inspectorate of Government and SIU agents, charged with two counts of abuse of office, disobedience of lawful orders and influence peddling and sent on remand for two weeks.
Also charged were; Eng Ssebbugga Kimeze, the former acting executive director of Unra, Joe Ssemugooma, the former acting director of finance and administration, and Apolo Senkeeto, Eutaw’s country representative, and Isaac Mugote, a former Housing Finance bank employee accused of aiding Eutaw to forge a bid security document that helped them win the contract.
According to minister Chris Baryomunsi, there should be a procedure,where before a minister is arrested the president is informed as was Byandala’s case.
He said the appointing authority should not interfere in arrest and that “the law is you are innocent until proved guilty.The institutions in government should coordinate”.
However, Uganda Federal Alliance president, Beti Kamya argued that Byandala did not respond to the summons that is why the IGG moved against him.
She said fighting corruption is an ongoing process.
“The president can’t say he wants to stay to fight corruption.”
According to ambassador, Henry Mayega, corruption is not an exclusive problem in our country.
He says the IGG was doing her job by arresting Byandala.
“Of course there are concerns of how you arrest a minister. We should be happy with the IGG action. People have been saying the system only targets small people.”
Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said the argument should be that there are issues of merit in this issue, particularly in Byandala’s case.
But Nganda said the President himself has “no moral authority to fight corruption because his administration is corrupt”.
“The day the President will stop corrupting people is the day corruption will end in this country.”