By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has vowed to decisively deal with corrupt politicians and civil servants, noting that they are a barrier to Uganda’s socio-economic transformation agenda.
In his Easter message, the head of state noted that there is nothing that they aim at that cannot be achieved, stressing that the only delaying factors have been the phenomenon of parasitism by some careerist politicians and civil servants.
‘’They have introduced corruption in the process of implementing government programs such as PDM, Emyooga, microfinance, etc. These should not be tolerated, and they will not be tolerated. Otherwise, the sky is the limit,” he said.
President Museveni said that since colonial times, he has seen the parasitism of unpatriotic civil servants and extension workers such as vets and medics at the expense of wealth creators by taking bribes, selling government drugs, and policemen taking bribes from taxis.
‘’It is a great shame that those elected by the wealth creators betray them and become corrupt by stealing government money and taking bribes to provide service,’’ he said.
The president noted that the wealth creators are suffering because of parasites in the form of some corrupt civil servants and politicians, adding that this suffering is artificial and is because the victims of corruption do not report. If they do report, the corrupt will be crushed.
“Foreign investors and other service providers are being harassed by these parasites for bribes. Report them, and we will eradicate this vice. The war is between the genuine wealth creators on the one hand and the parasites in the form of some corrupt civil servants, now joined by some politicians who sell decisions for bribes,” he said.
President Museveni assured Ugandans, however, that the country’s economy is expanding both quantitatively and qualitatively.
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