KAMPALA – The Country Director, of Action Aid, Xavier Ejoyi has called on Ugandans to shun all corrupt leaders by not allowing them to take part of burial, wedding and fundraising ceremonies saying it would lay fertile grounds for corruption to increase in the country.
Ejoyi made the call on Monday morning while launching the Anti-Corruption Caravan that will traverse the country, ahead of the celebrations of the 2019 World Anti-Corruption day next month.
He said, “We call upon all Ugandans to speak out against corruption in households, communities without fear or favour. We also ask them to isolate people who steal public resources, don’t invite them to funerals, weddings, fundraising because that itself directly contributing to corruption. We hope good people will not be ravaged
While highlighting the call to action by other anti-corruption agencies including; Action Aid, Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, Transparency International, Directorate of Ethics and Integrity and Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), the activists also called on Government to expedite the enactment of the witness protection law to support successful prosecution of corruption cases in Uganda.
Ejoyi said, “Government should provide the necessary political will to the anti-corruption institutions and champion them from top leadership to the bottom. Government and Electoral Commission should commit to the electoral integrity by organising free, fair and credible elections to produce leaders with integrity to fight corruption.”
Held under the theme; Renewing fight against corruption, corruption fight starts with me, the caravan will go through 17 districts for eleven days, through; Luwero, Masindi, Bweyale, Pakwach, Nebbi, Zombo, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Moyo, Adjumani, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Lira.
The caravan team is expected to move from village to village to raise awareness about corruption and engage on issues relating to electoral bribery, saying the move is intended to put citizens where they ought to be, at the center of fight against corruption.
He said, “We demand that our government should dedicate more resources to tackle corruption in its institutions of parliament that is an important commitment that government should make in the fight against corruption.”