KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has warned leaders in Uganda against their increasing love for bribes and corruption saying he has seen a number of people ruin their lives due to corruption arguing that electorates won’t hesitate to withdraw their trust in corrupt leaders.
He said, “You’re given little trust you abuse it, how will you get bigger tryst from God? I have been watching for past 60 years how people misuse their chances. I have seen how people have ruined their chances certainly here on earth, don’t know what happens in heaven. Don’t be corrupt, don’t agree to take bribes.”
Museveni made the remarks on Tuesday 8 during the celebrations of the 21st National Prayer Breakfast that took place at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala with this year’s emphasis put on the power of character in leadership.
The President asked leaders to emulate him, saying he has never solicited or taken a bribe in his life, something he says has made him different from the leaders at the independence time in Uganda saying, “I have never taken a bribe from anybody in my life or accepted or requested for one. Don’t be tempted, when given little trust by not abusing it, you will get bigger trust.”
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga also castigated leaders who have accumulated wealth, with some having turned it into their beds to consider channeling their ill collected wealth into social development affairs like construction of schools, hospitals noting “Those people who sleep on mattress of cash, most of it ill-gotten may release that wealth for schools, hospital and infrastructure.”
David Bahati, State Minister for Planning, who also doubles as Chairperson organizing committee of the prayer breakfast argued that it was Museveni’s strong character that helped him to lead a force that started with 27 men and taken it to where it is and encouraged all leaders to embrace virtues of integrity and repent of a number of social sins like; wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, politics without principles, actions without accountability.