Gen. Ali lauds Monitor for graft fight
Posted Friday, February 22 2013 at 02:00
Gen. Ali, however, advised the newspaper to delve into detail about scandals instead of naming suspects.
Government officials recognise the Daily Monitor’s consistent fight against corruption and its exposition of officials involved, the Third Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali, has said.
Gen. Ali said it was the order of the day for government officials to wake up every morning unsure if they have been named in any scandal.
He was speaking in Pakele Trading Centre at the burial of James Eriku, who was until his death on Sunday evening, Daily Monitor’s bureau chief in Gulu District.
Gen. Ali, also the area MP, however, warned against sensational reporting and urged media houses to delve deeper into the graft stories instead of stopping at naming suspects.
He also said the NRM Caucus agreed during the recent Kyankwanzi retreat to pass a new law against corruption, to investigate the source of property a suspect has amassed.
This paper has broken many corruption scandals, including billions of shillings lost in the Office of the Prime Minister that has led to a number of arrests and cutting of donor aid.
Tributes poured in for the late Eriku, whom many described as an industrious and hardworking man. Mr Don Wanyama, the Daily Monitor chief sub editor, who led a team of staff mourners, praised Eriku for his passionate contribution to the company and journalism.
“It is regrettable to lose such a person at a prime age. Eriku was an industrious person who ensured that the region was well covered with some of the best stories,” Mr Wanyama said.
The Rev. Fr. Richard Ibrifua from Pakele Catholic Parish urged Christians to do the will of God. Eriku died of cardiac arrest.