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> Transparency Activists Urge Museveni to Act More On Graft

New Vision (Kampala) 25 June 2007

By Ali Mambule
Kampala
President Yoweri Museveni should take action against corrupt officials, the national programme manager of Transparency International Uganda, Charles Mubbale, has suggested.

“It is good that we hear the President condemning this act and his officials involved in corruption but we want him to do something more than that,” he said.

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Mubbale was over the weekend closing a five-day investigative journalism seminar for reporters in South Buganda at Serona Hotel in Kyotera town, Rakai district.

He claimed that several reports on corruption by the Inspectorate of Government had not been attended to.

“Reports after reports made on this problem (corruption) are left silent and the culprits implicated move on with their heads high,” he noted.

Recently, the President asserted that there would be zero tolerance to corruption.

Three health ministers, who were implicated in the abuse of office and embezzlement of immunisation funds, are now facing trial in court.

They are; Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi, Capt. Mike Mukula and Dr Alex Kamugisha.

Mubbale stressed that his organisation would sensitise Ugandans on the effects of corruption.

“Our target is to empower people with knowledge so that they provoke the authorities who deny them their rights. We shall in the end create local activism for people to challenge corrupt officers.”

He noted that many government programmes meant to help people develop had failed due to lack of the good political will erupting into corruption tendencies.

Mubbale urged the participants to use the skills they had acquired to rout corrupt officials.

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