Corruption Should Be On The List Of Unbailable Cases: Museveni Warns Judiciary

Corruption Should Be On The List Of Unbailable Cases: Museveni Warns Judiciary

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By Spy Uganda

President Museveni has asked the judiciary to include corruption on the list of unbailable cases

“We should easily defeat the corruption. The only support we need from the judiciary is no bail for those accused of murder, treason, terrorism, rape, defilement, corruption (embezzlement), and village thefts if the prosecution is ready for trial,” said Museveni while addressing the ongoing retreat cabinet at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi.

“Let the case be tried or use alternative justice but no bail and no impunity for the above cases…with a correct, revolutionary, and objective approach, we should easily defeat corruption,” said Museveni.

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In his opening statement to the ministers, Museveni said, “It is now clear that corruption is a big problem in Uganda. IGG estimates that the country loses Shs 9.7 trillion per year because of corruption. This is not acceptable.”

According to the President, the current problem of corruption in the country is mainly being spearheaded by the Permanent Secretaries, Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), Town Clerks and Gombolola Chiefs.

“These are the four people in Uganda who are in charge of government money, personnel, jobs and procurement. So, the corruption which is happening is because of these four and unfortunately, they have let themselves down but we are here. I have your support and that of the freedom fighters and the victims are also there so the three of us, we are going to crush the corrupt,” he said.

Corruption in Uganda is a pervasive issue that affects various sectors of society, including government, public services, and the private sector. It undermines economic development, hampers the delivery of public services, and erodes trust in institutions. Here’s an overview of the corruption landscape in Uganda:

1. Prevalence and Forms of Corruption
a. Bribery: This is the most common form of corruption in Uganda, affecting both public and private sectors. Citizens often encounter demands for bribes in exchange for public services, such as health care, education, and police services.

b. Embezzlement: Public funds are frequently misappropriated by officials for personal use. This diversion of resources impedes developmental projects and public service delivery.

c. Nepotism and Patronage: Employment and promotions in public offices are often based on personal connections rather than merit. This practice undermines efficiency and professionalism in public service.

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d. Fraud: Corruption also manifests through fraudulent activities, such as procurement fraud, where contracts are awarded based on favouritism and kickbacks rather than fair competition.

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