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“Keep it up,” Museveni tells clergy on corruption messages on Easter

President Yoweri Museveni has applauded religious leaders in the country for their Easter messages on Sunday.

The clergy, as observed by the President, talked against corruption. The vice (corruption) in Uganda is “grand and coordinated” among officeholders.

As per the Inspectorate of Government (IG), Ugabda loses shs10t annually to corruption.

Below is what President Museveni said as he and his wife head to Kigozi farm from Rwakitura.

Fellow Ugandans, especially the Bazzukulu,

Greetings. Congratulations on the Good Friday and I wish you a happy Easter (amahiimbuuka).

I am in Rwakyitura with Maama and, later, we shall go to Kisozi to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death but also to audit and augment the NRM work among the Wanainchi in the battle for wealth creation in all the homesteads of Uganda.

While here, I was very happy to watch the good sermons on Good Friday given by the Christian preachers (Bishops and others), around the theme of the “Way of the Cross”. I was glad to hear all the preachers talking of the greatest Christian commandments being two.

Those are: “Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, love your neighbour as you love yourself.”

Praised be the Lord to hear that message being proclaimed by all the preachers, universally. That has been the position of the NRM ever since 1965. Indeed, that is why we chased religious leaders (Army chaplains) out of the NRA –UPDF. Many of the preachers were preaching the ungodly message of sectarianism of religion and tribe and gender chauvinism.

It is good to hear the new message. Indeed, we have been saluting the religious leaders of Uganda for forming the inter-religious council in the year 2001 to bring together all the religious faith of the Country. Keep it up and uproot completely the ungodly practices of sectarianism.

 

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I was very happy to hear the religious leaders’ message of condemning corruption. Keep it up. The corrupt are parasites that delay and undermine our transformation efforts.

However, I would like to inform the religious leaders that from the very beginning, the NRM was conscious of this problem. Indeed, in the 1960s, I was involved in fighting the corruption of the chiefs, the teachers misusing (defiling) school girls, vets and medical staff stealing government drugs, etc.

That is why, in addition to the administrative government structures of District Commissioner (DC), County chief, Gombolola chief, Muruka chief, etc., we empowered the People, the victims of the corruption most of the time because the money and resources stolen are meant for them, or they are forced to pay bribes, by giving them power to elect their own leaders to be the Nyamparas (overseers) of what the Government People (the administrators) are doing in their area- good or bad.

Why did we create the positions of LC V, Councillors, LC-3, LC-2 and LC-1s when we already had the DC, the Saza chief, the Gombolola chiefs and the Muruka Chief? Part of the problem is that this anti-corruption weapon is not used. If the elected people have become corrupt, why don’t the voters hold them accountable? The religious leaders could take an interest in this…

 

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