President Museveni on Monday opened the 9th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa at Lake Victoria Serena, Kigo.
The meeting attracted delegates from 16 African countries.
The president said there are three key issues to resolve in the corruption fight; ensuring thorough investigations, enforcing prosecution and getting the courts to dispense immediate justice.
‘ ‘The battle against corruption is winnable, we just have to work together to achieve this. Corruption is first an ideological issue. Those who perpetuate corruption do not understand the two problems of humanity; oppression of man by nature and oppression by fellow man. ‘’the Head of state said.
He added: As you steal public resources you must ask, can you as an individual solve these human problems or sustainably remain prosperous when everyone else is poor? It is not possible. The prosperity of a few cannot be sustainable.
The president also said that for Uganda’s case, the anti-corruption fight needs to be rooted in two bases; the resistance councils and the resistance army.
‘ ‘The resistance councils or wanainchi, are the victims of corruption and are a good tool to fight the vice. They have nothing to benefit from the corrupt.’’
Mr. Museveni observed that when NRM government noticed the dangers corruption posed, they created new laws, new institutions like IGG, to fight the vice.
He however said, over time, the fire in these institutions burnt out.
‘ ‘Most likely they were infiltrated. That explains why I have to stoke the fire with new watchmen like the Anti-Corruption Unit to watch over the old watchmen.’’