KAMPALA – Former Ethics and Integrity Minister Miria Matembe had scoffed at a plan by President Yoweri Museveni to lead the anti-corruption walk around Kampala saying the decision signals the head of state’s failure to stamp out corruption from the country.
Matembe made the remarks on Monday 25 during celebrations to end Gender-Based Violence, organized by Uganda Women’s Network held at National Theatre in Kampala.
She said, “I was amazed because I asked, who is going to be demonstrated against because if you are the President and have a government which is supposed to be fighting corruption and now you get out into the public to lead a demonstration against the failure to fight corruption, aren’t you really saying that I and my government have failed, thereby moving a vote of no confidence in it, glory if that has happened?”
Matembe’s statements are in reaction to an announcement by the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit announced that President Museveni would lead the country in a walk to highlight the gains made so far in the fight against corruption and announce the government’s plans to stem the vice going forward on 4th December 2019.
The Anti-Corruption walk will be part of the activities the Government has lined up to commemorate the fight against corruption with this years’ theme; “Promoting Accountability for National Development.”
Matembe wondered why the President would lead such a walk yet there are two dedicated agencies including the Office of Inspectorate of Government and the State Anti-Corruption Unit, it would not necessitate president Museveni to go on streets to talk against corruption hence shading a picture that president himself has moved a vote of no confidence in his systems.
She says she is amused that president is going to lead a demonstration against his own government of which he has realized that has failed because the institutions in place are not respected.