The Deputy Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has urged the Watoto Church to shun corrupt persons who wish to clean their names by making huge donations to the church.
While meeting a team from the Watoto church team on Monday led by Deacon James Olonya, the Omoro County MP praised the church for transforming the lives of many young people and making them responsible leaders.
Corruption in Uganda is severe, well-known, cuts across many sectors, and is frequently debated and discussed in the media
Recent report by Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, Uganda is ranked among 25 most corrupt country in the world, only beaten by Somalia, South Sudan and a few others.
A recent documentary Stealing from the sick by The BBC has uncovered evidence that life-saving drugs meant for the sick were been stolen and sold on illegally.
The news that $12.7 million in donor funds had been embezzled from Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hit the headlines in many donor capitals in late 2012, prompting serious questions about Uganda’s commitment to fight corruption. The stolen donor funds were earmarked as crucial support for rebuilding northern Uganda, ravaged by a 20-year war, and Karamoja, Uganda’s poorest region
The OPM scandal was not the first time that grand scale theft of public money deprived some of Uganda’s poorest citizens of better access to fundamental services such as health and education. Past corruption scandals have had a direct impact on human rights. For example, millions of dollars’ worth of funds were diverted from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation in 2006 and from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2005.
Despite investigations, none of the high-ranking government officials who managed the implicated offices have faced criminal sanction. Most often they have remained in office, untouched, while individuals working at the technical level have faced prosecution and, in some cases, jail time.
Even when ministers have been forced to resign from office, such resignations have been temporary; they were eventually reappointed to key positions in government, in what one diplomatic representative calls a “game of musical chairs.” Years of evidence indicate that Uganda’s current political system is built on patronage and that ultimately high-level corruption is rewarded rather than punished.