July 15, 2024

President Museveni to courts: No bail for corruption suspects

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President Museveni has asked the judiciary to include corruption on the list of unbailable cases.

However, while addressing the ongoing retreat cabinet at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi, Museveni said, “We should easily defeat the corruption. The only support we need from the judiciary is no bail for those accused of murder, treason, terrorism, rape, defilement, corruption (embezzlement), and village thefts if the prosecution is ready for trial.”.

“Let the case be tried or use alternative justice, but no bail and no impunity for the above cases. With a correct, revolutionary, and objective approach, we should easily defeat corruption,” he added.

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Furthermore, in his opening statement to the ministers, Museveni said, “It is now clear that corruption is a big problem in Uganda. IGG estimates that the country loses Shs 9.7 trillion per year because of corruption. This is not acceptable.”

This is the second time that the president used figures from the Inspectorate of Government to show how much the corrupt are robbing the taxpayers. However, there is a feeling that the president has weakened the IG’s office by appointing parallel institutions to do a similar job.
Museveni’s critics have been attacking him on mainstream and social media since the creation of the unit, which he said will help the government close revenue leakages and boost tax collection. Museveni also appointed David Kalemera as a senior presidential advisor and head of the unit. The appointment of Kalemera, a tax fraud convict, has attracted more criticism.

Kalemera was found guilty in 2022 by the Anti-Corruption Court of falsifying customs documents. He had been dismissed from the URA in 2017. Without referring directly to Kalemera, Museveni told his ministers that because accounting officers had let themselves down, he decided to come in indirectly to fight those who steal government money.

“Apart from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, I am also setting up both a tax investigation unit and an accounting and audit unit. They will be able to investigate all tax evasions, under-declarations, money diverted by parliament, and stolen money,” he explained.

“They have all the information. Besides, we have the young people, the Kampala Parents and allied products, who have a different attitude from the present accounting officers, who are originally villagers with a careerist and mercenary mentality. The Kampala Parents group is moved more by “passion” than by “remuneration,” Museveni noted.

In conclusion, Museveni recently accused parliament of sabotage after he discovered that MPs had in the last four financial years, irregularly reallocated a over Shs 3.7 trillion. Museveni said that in creating parallel structures, he seeks to link directly with the victims of the corruption of the government, and these are the people (the Wanainchi).

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