President Yoweri Museveni says that his government has started a new war to weed out all the corrupt public servants.
Museveni made the comments during a news conference he addressed at the newly built State Lodge and a Presidential Demonstration Farm in Kityerela Subcounty, Mayuge district.
“Now we have started to open a war against them, those who have been arrested are ndozo.. okuloza..jaribu …. (A taste of what is to come), you will see what comes next. All those involved in corruption will be arrested,” Museveni’s comments came in the wake of the arrest of his state minister for labour and industrial relations Herbert Kabafunzaki allegedly over corruption.
Museveni defended governments slow response to previous corruption cases saying the vice has become complex with educated people in public offices making it almost impossible to pin them without evidence.
“From the beginning, NRM has been fighting corruption. Some things we did quickly because they could be seen. There used to be roadblocks by the army to rob people, we removed them. The theft that remained is with the educated people. Earlier the corruption was by the army men who used to rob people, kill animals in national parks of government but we fought those and stopped them.
“Now the educated people in offices are are the problem. We first trusted them…Amin’s government had some illiterate people and when we came in we thought the educated in civil service know what to do but they are the problem,” he said.
Museveni’s critics however doubt his commitment to fighting corruption saying he has ignored many leads linking some of his closest allies to corruption.