Matembe questions Museveni’s political will to fight corruption

Friday December 6 2019

Former Ethics minister Miria Matembe speaks at

Former Ethics minister Miria Matembe speaks at the integrity awards organised by Action Aid. PHOTO BY DAVID STANLEY MUKOOZA 

By Gabriel Buule

Former minister for Ethics and integrity Ms Miria Matembe claims she was shocked by the President Museveni’s statement on corruption during the anti-corruption walk on Wednesday.
Ms Matembe who was giving a key note address at the National Integrity and Service Delivery awards at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala said she was shocked when the president told the nation that “God is watching the corrupt.”

“Today I wondered when the president warned the corrupt saying that God is seeing them but unfortunately though, I didn’t hear him propose a solution to this moral and spiritual problem and immediately said, so be it,” Matembe said.
According to Ms Matembe, the country is at a great risk of nurturing a “corrupt generation” given that fact that people continue to lose ethics and integrity.

Ms Matembe warned that in a long run when the world will be determining who has killed Uganda, the current regime will be judged for letting corruption kill the country.
“I had never seen Ugandans lose their souls, sometimes you meet people dressed well and before they leave they will ask for money, we are infected with greed and patronage,” she added.
Ms Matembe questioned the President’s position to use the political will to fight corruption.

Some people who included Nakaseke South MP Paul Ssemakula Lutamaguzi, were awarded for their effort in the struggle against corruption.
The country director Action Aid International Uganda, Xavier Ejoyi explained that the annual integrity awards are aimed at honouring men and women in public service for their role in fighting corruption.
Other awardees included Ms Kitunzi Maktulah, a gynecologist in Hoima regional referral hospital, Abu Paul a retired teacher and an economist in Karamoja region, Nakato Tauba female youth counselor Luweero District, among others.