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Mbabazi calls for tough anti-graft laws

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By Monitor Reporter

Posted  Monday, December 9  2013 at  00:00

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Mr Mbabazi says tougher laws need to be put in place to punish those convicted of corruption.

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Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has called for harsh legal reforms to punish corrupt convicts in order to eliminate the vice.

Mr Mbabazi said this while presiding over the the 2nd Peace, Recovery and Development Plan Monitoring Committee (PMC) meeting in Kampala last week.

He said: “Whereas the government had tightened financial control mechanisms to safeguard its cash, there is need for tough legal reforms to punish corrupt convicts.”

Last year, several development partners suspended aid to Uganda after over Shs50 billion meant recovery programmes in Northern Uganda and the Karamoja sub-region was stolen by officials at the Office of the Prime Minister.

However, some of the development partners chose to work with institution outside the government to channel the funds to targeted beneficiaries.

However, in his speech the Prime Minister reiterated government’s commitment to funding recovery programmes in the region even amidst challenges.

Ms Barbara Nekesa Oundo, the state minister for Karamoja Affairs, and Rebecca Ms Amuge Otengo, the state minister for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation, highlighted the challenges of implementing recovery programmes in the two regions.

Ms Otengo said the government had set aside Shs20 billion for restocking in northern Uganda.

In their briefing, the state minister for Teso Affairs, Ms Christine Amongin Aporu and Mr Ernest Kiiza Apuuli of Bunyoro Affairs, said the Integrated Affirmative Development Plans was in advance stages and a road maps would soon be rolled out.

Mr Kiiza said the World Bank had recently proposed Shs320 billion to improve key urban infrastructure in the districts of Masindi, Hoima and Buliisa.

Mr Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, the World Bank country manager for Uganda, said development had shown to resume sending aid to Uganda.

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