CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERS IN UGANDA CONDEMN CORRUPTION
Civil society leaders in uganda condemn corruption
Civil society leaders in Uganda have condemned corruption of all forms arguing that not only does it distort public policy and undermine service delivery but also directly affronts Uganda’s value system as a country.
This condemnation was issued in an official statement following the CSO leaders’ annual retreat held in Jinja on December 14th-15th 2021. This annual event provides Civil Society Leaders in Uganda with an opportunity to reflect on the state of civil society in Uganda and the African continent as well as trends in governance, accountability, and service delivery in the country.
This denunciation follows the President’s recent statement where he alluded that officials who steal “government money” and invest it in the country should not be subject to lifestyle audits as long as they invest the money in the country could be interpreted as tacit official approval of corruption.
The civil society leaders decried that in spite of their official declarations, government has shown little or no unequivocal commitment to tackle the cancer of corruption that is eating the fabric of Ugandan society and undermining the delivery of public services to Ugandans.
Among the issues, the leaders addressed the country on was the state of civil society in Uganda and the continued harassment of CSOs. The retreat took place in the backdrop of escalating attacks on pro-democracy, human rights, and accountability NGOs. In August last year, the NGO Bureau announced the suspension of operations of 54 non-governmental organizations citing non-compliance with the NGO Act. The CSO leaders called upon the NGO Bureau Secretariat to lift the suspension of the affected organizations.
In their official statement, the Civil Society leaders applauded government for their effort in improving the delivery of public services in the country as an important factor in inspiring civic participation and ensuring that Ugandans live a dignifying life.
They also expressed solidarity with Ugandan doctors and health workers who have demonstrated consummate pliability in the face of hostile poor working conditions and poor pay. Lastly, the CSO leaders condemned the arrest and harassment of medical interns on December 15, 2021, as they peacefully went to deliver their petition to parliament as well as the continuing violations of human rights by elements within the security forces and regime officials who attempt at rationalizing such violence.