There is a common belief amongst Ugandans that a lot of top government officials such as ministers, MPs, RDCs among others are so corrupt. However, they are barely ever persecuted for such offenses.
It’s rather the nobodies who have always been punished for such crimes. Ugandans think that the shielding of these from justice is what has kept the vice going stronger.
Beti Kamya who is in charge of the government department which should bring these to book however revealed why it’s never done. Kamya said that these people who usually get punished are the ones used by the big fish. Therefore these big fish never leave any footprint to apprehend them.
“The way this country is administered, there are people who are called accounting officers, these are the people who are given money, do transfers, do procurement, etc.
The big fish, as I understand, are politicians, ministers, etc. But these don’t sign cheques. They don’t even sign contracts. When people say they haven’t caught the big fish, it’s because the big fish don’t leave footprints,” she said.
Further, she said that the government contracted an external international firm that did a study on the country. The results were very shocking as they showed that Uganda could be losing a minimum of 9.1 trillion per year to corruption.
This money is lost through non-declaration and under declaration of taxes, utility user fees, inflation of government payroll etc.
Besides, she and her office can’t convict the corrupt. It’s rather the job of the court and theirs is to collect evidence and present it to court.
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