30 November 2012

Uganda: Mpigi Residents Demonstrate Against Corruption

Civil Society Organizations have launched a one week campaign against graft - spearheaded by the Anti Corruption Coalition - Uganda. ( Resource: Civil Society in Uganda Launch One Week Campaign Against Graft )

Mpigi — Residents of Kayabwe in Mpigi district have demonstrated against corruption, saying they have been deprived of quality services.

The residents who marched along Kampala-Masaka highway held placards with different messages.

The messages read: "Inequality breeds corruption, how has corruption affected you?" "Listen to our voices, I am not corrupt why not you?" "Corruption is worse than AIDS" "Let's all fight against corruption" "What have you done to end corruption?" "The fight against corruption starts with you and protect whistle blowers", among several others.

The LC1 chairman of Kayabwe Equator, John Semakula called on the area to join those protesting against graft which has affected service delivery in the district.

He said more awareness needs to be created in the community to join the fight against graft.

The demo comes in the wake of scandalous revelations of alleged corrupt officials and their dealings in the office of the Prime Minister, which has effectively forced key donors to withdraw financial aid from Uganda.

Mary Nantongo, a resident of the area said she was happy to join the demonstration because whenever she goes to a health centre, she is told by the health workers that there are no drugs.

Rwampara MP Vincent Chamadidi, officials from Inspectorate of Government, Democratic Governance Facility and Uganda Debt Network joined the residents in the peaceful march against corruption.

Chamididi urged residents to raise alarm whenever money is stolen in the district.

"Corruption is outright theft. Therefore, you should raise an alarm when money is stolen by district officials so that they are caught," he said.

A mural installed by Uganda Debt Network was launched at the Equator in Kayabwe to raise awareness among the community on the war on corruption.

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