KAMPALA – The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has described the anti-corruption walk scheduled for December 4, 2019 as a mockery of the fight against corruption in the country.
President Museveni is on Wednesday, December 4, scheduled to lead the anti-corruption walk that has been organised by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.
But Mr John Kikonyogo, the FDC deputy spokesman, said the President has no moral authority to lead the walk since he has been implicated in past corruption scandals
“As Mr. Museveni claims to walk on behalf of Ugandans, he was recently implicated in a corruption scandal involving Chinese National Patrick Ho in the United States. In fact he is known as exhibit 1510 together with Mr. Sam Kuteesa as they both receive a bribe of $500,000 each,” Mr Kikonyogo told journalists in Kampala on Monday, December 02, 2019.
“As of now, Ugandans have no one to run to since even the Speaker claims to have acted as a whistle blower in the Isimba dam bridge scandal where 24 billion was swindled to Mr. Museveni but nothing was done,” he added.
Mr Kikonyogo said on average, the country losses over 600 billion shillings annually to corruption. He listed the corruption scandals witnessed under the watch of Mr. Museveni since 2007.
They are the 2007 Chogm Scandal where 500 billion shillings was lost, the 2008 Temangalo Scandal where 11 billion was lost, the 2008 Global Fund Scandal where 95.8 billion was lost, the 2010 National ID scandal where 150 billion was lost, the 2011 bicycle scandal where 4 billion was lost, the 2011 Microfinance scandal of Specioza Kazibwe where 60 billion was lost and the 2011 Hassan Basabalaba compensation scandal where 169 billion was lost.
Others are the 2012 Office of the Prime Minister scandal where 5 billion was lost, the 2012 Pensions scandal 2012 where 169 billion was lost, the 2012 NUSAF (Irish Aid for Northern Uganda) scandal where 14 billion was lost, the 2015 Mbale – Soroti Road fraud where 90 Billion was lost, the 2016 Presidential elections where 2.4 Trillion shillings was spent, the 2017 Presidential Handshake where 6 billion was lost and 2018 Isimba dam Bridge 24 billion.
“As Ugandans, the only solution to ending corruption is through change of government since the vice is in the DNA of the NRMO,” he said.