12 November 2012

Uganda: Cabinet Praises Attorney General, Police On Corruption Fight

Despite a nationwide outcry that corruption has become cancerous, with its persistence decapitating service delivery, cabinet has in a self-appraisal saluted its efforts to fight the vice.

The Executive, during a closed retreat at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, observed that it is the mechanisms government instituted and the agencies set up to fight the iniquity that have exposed the thieves in government.

Sources within the Cabinet said the Auditor General, the Police and whistleblowers were singled out as doing a commendable job in the fight against graft.

The Minister for the Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, confirmed the discussion about the performance of the Justice Law and Order Sector and efforts to combat corruption.

The minister noted that the Government's resolve to fight fraud was reinforced by the Vice-President, Edward Ssekandi, who while opening the retreat, warned public servants, especially accountants, against indulging in corruption.

"Why it came out as an achievement was because the unearthing of all these cases of corruption there is an outcry about, is that people came to know about the rot when unearthed by government agencies," Tumwebaze explained.

The annual Cabinet retreat is organised to evaluate performance of sectors against set targets.

The Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, chaired the deliberations and he reportedly put ministers to task to give accountability against set benchmarks.

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