Why must the government persecute anti-corruption activists?
Posted Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 01:00
It is noted world over that corruption is a vice that needs to be eliminated at whatever cost and this is evidenced by most states that criminalise the act.
In Uganda, corruption in all its forms is illegal, to this effect, various institutions have been put in place like the IGG, Anti-corruption Police Unit, the Anti corruption Court among others.
The NRM government in its Ten Point Programme and its subsequent manifestos made a commitment to fight corruption at whatever cost, a good thing for all to pride in their government.
However, I am disheartened that in Uganda, it is almost a crime for one to fight bad things for example corruption. Lately, you are dubbed anti-state, a rebel and in opposition if you dared speak out against the vice. Why fight the anti corruption activists?
Sensitizing masses about corruption is the sole responsibility of the state and if the civil society is sensitising masses about corruption and encouraging masses to shun corruption, then the government should instead be happy and join hands, however, this is the obverse; the activists are either arrested or threatened for doing their duty as the citizens of this country.
This should stop, corruption affects everyone, therefore it needs collective effort to combat but for government to concentrate more on suppressing those fighting corruption rather than fighting it is disturbing.
Let us all join hands to fight corruption.