There was a vast expectation from many men and women of Uganda when Museveni came into power in 1986. With his ten point programme that contained 10 priority areas that his new leadership committed its self to put right one was elimination of all forms of corruptions. Today 25 years later the vice Museveni and NRM vowed to eliminate has come to haunt its top leadership .They are now perceived as more of corruption villains than aspiring anti- graft heroes they looked in 1986.
Some of the questions that kept floating on the minds of many people were on the differences the new leadership would make, wondering if would bring POSITIVE difference from the previous government, it was take heed of national interest rather than SELF INTEREST and learn from the past mistakes of the past governments? But now Ugandans are realising that Museveni’s government is worse than the previous governments Uganda has consistently been ranked among the world ‘s top corrupt countries for the last 13 years interestingly all the 13 years are under Museveni’s NRM reign. Museveni brought in Uganda a new disease of corruption and now it has turned into an epidemic where no cure can be found. Apart from overthrowing him
Looking at the Uganda today corruption is an ongoing disease. and, there is no effective actions to tackle and combat it by Museveni’s government. Apart from mere talking protecting the thieves and establishing institutions that are weak. Museveni’s the greatest beneficial from the ongoing corruption in Uganda. . He has used corruption as one of the binding factor in NRM as most of the NRM members have been involved in various corruption scandals they have looted a lot from Ugandans and now the only alternative left is to support Museveni at the expense of Uganda’s interests as per now most of the members in Museveni’s cabinet are not clean they have been cited in various corruption scandals .Ugandans are just waiting for an opportune moment to drag them to court and try to recover what they have stolen from Ugandans. Because of Museveni abetting corruption decision makers have also been corrupted in that they cannot make the right decisions and now it’s hard for the little people of Ugandans to do anything effective about it apart from protesting and demonstrating .The corruption in Uganda is a result of regime longevity and survival and now there’s an entrenched network of connected people who have established areas of thieving
Its a transmitted disease and it is being transmit from one person to another, one institution to another by museveni’s leadership.. now corruption at lower levels is a symptom of corruption from above
Once again, the question now is whether this government will focus its energy on finding a cure to reduce corruption in the country the answer is an obvious no Museveni ‘s survival or clinging to power depends on corruption as it has enriched the elites that would have formed a formidable force to oppose him enlighten the peasants .Museveni has used coercion and corruption to silence some of his opponents . In Uganda without corruption no Museveni Now Museveni’s corruption has extended from stealing money to buying supporters or sympathisers with new districts and expanding the cabinet
For the last 20 years Up to now Museveni’s government has not been able about tackle this grave issue. Yet year after year, donors have been pouring millions and millions of dollars in Uganda, but the differences has not been felt by many Ugandans and instead many Ugandans are slipping into poverty day by day and Uganda is becoming a failed state .
Always as a failing state all the time you hear about so much money coming in, but have very little knowledge on where it is going. Ugandans should know that corruption is not only about misappropriation of public funds, but also about other things. No several occasions Museveni has been quoted by the press telling those on the opposition to join NRM and eat or remain in the opposition and stave
It is about time that Ugandans look at corruption differently. There is need to go beyond NGOs talking about it only as well as government forming institutions and committees to work on eradicating it. Yet the will is not there
The challenge to all Ugandans is that corruption is already eating up the fabric of the Ugandan systems and nothing is left to admire. It is everywhere. Mere talking about corruption and individuals involved and then the president exonerates and defends his close allies while he orders for prosecution of others that are not his tribe mate or that have stolen peanuts. This is has made Ugandans to lose confidence in his leadership, and institutions.
In all big corruption scandals Museveni’s name has been mentioned like the Global Alliance for vaccines immunisation (GAVI ) fund scandal ,Temangalo NSSF ,CHOGM ,inflating figures to give compensation to his tribe mate and NRM supporters Basajjabalaba and Col John Mugyenyi were the figure was rised from shs 131.7 billion to 142.6 billion
What Museveni ‘s corruption has done is that it has denied Ugandan people of having the rights to change, change of their livelihood (life style), change in terms of positive development, and change in terms of leadership, one that is competent, accountable, and answerable to the men, women, youth and children of Uganda.
Museveni ‘s corruption has also denied the people of Uganda from receiving quality health care services, quality education, effective security systems that promotes safety and a process that truly brings people together.
It has also denied employees of Uganda from receiving salary that is attractive and fitting to look after their families because its spent on something else.
Museveni ‘s corruption is a hindrance to economic growth. When economic growth is talked about in Uganda, one tend to question on how this growth is making a positive impact on women and people living in the villages?
Corruption has corrupted president Museveni’s minds, it has blinded him not to see clearly the needs of the country, to know his role and responsibility apart from protecting the corrupt officials within NRM, now he lacks a vision to see and to do the right thing.
How corruption has affected Uganda
Towards the end of 1996 when the Joseph Kony’s LRA insurgency was ranging in the north, the government decided to buy two MI- 24 attack helicopters as a counter – insurgency strategy. But corruption killed the deal and mission. The helicopters’ combined firepower’ in military estimates, was equivalent to two battalions,( about 15000 soldiers).It was hoped they would cripple the LRA’s capacity and end the then 10- year – old insurgency. However top Defence officials, eaten up by corruption, bought defective helicopters in their pursuit of personal gain. The insurgency escalated. Consequently, between January 7 and 12, 1997 LRA rebels murdered at least 412 men, women and children in Lokung, Palabek, in Kitgum District. The gruesome massacres later spread to other areas in Acholi, Lango and Teso. Museveni’s government started herding civilians into camps were women girls were raped by his army this trigged off what came to be known as one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. One of the key reasons why the LRA insurgency persisted to date was because of seeds of corruption sowed in the army by Museveni and one of the army officers that benefited from the helicopter saga was president Museveni’s brother Salim Saleh
In 2007 the gravity of corruption had reached such alarming levels across all sectors that even the UPDF top brass feared it could bring down the state. Disturbed by the despicable corruption in the army, President Museveni set up a commission of inquiry. The committee comprising the then Defence Minister Amama Mbabazi, Gen. David Tinyefuza and Salim Saleh. The committee found that nearly half of the entire UPDF were ghost soldiers (non-existent). Corruption had put national security in danger and the entire UPDF establishment at risk of total collapse. The committee was so shocked that it asked: “What would prevent a commander who has been so blinded by money as to maintain ghosts on the strength of his unit from selling his arms to Kony?”
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Aronda Nyakairima lamented: “It is a very disheartening phenomenon when one considers a unit (battalion) supposed to have a strength of 736 officers and men having only strength of 250 or so, like in the case of 15 Bn, 49Bn, 47 Bn etc. This means the missions supposed to be executed by 736 are left to 250 and cannot be successfully executed. In operations, our units suffer unnecessary casualties at the hands of the enemy or simply avoid the enemy.”
After considering all evidence before it, the committee concluded that corruption had eaten deep at the heart of the state security and the country was likely to plunge into anarchy.
“The above shows the magnitude of the problem. This, coupled with the fact that commanders at very high levels are involved.., urgent and drastic measures must be taken to halt this stiff slide into anarchy and possible total collapse of UPDF,” the committee concluded.
The damage caused by corruption is unquantifiable but what is absolutely clear is that it has led to loss of lives in the UPDF as much as it has led to appalling decline in service delivery across all sectors of the economy
Financial implications of this ghosts saga are mind-boggling. It is estimated that out of the UPDF annual wage bill release of Shs133 billion, Shs47-88 billion goes to ghosts. This amount is enough to pay salaries of 1400 captains at Shs500,000 average per month for a whole year.
In the civil sector Uganda is said to lose about Shs500 billion to corruption per year. This amount is enough to pay for 210,000 primary school teachers in the country for a year. According to the Chairman of the Donor Economist Group, Mr. Jeroen de Lange, Uganda needs 200,000 primary school teachers but it has 128,000 leaving a shortage of 72,000 teachers.
This means if there was no corruption, there would be no shortage of teachers, one of the top causes of UPE poor performance.
According to estimates of the Ministry of Education, it costs Shs8 million to build a classroom in Uganda. This means that the Shs500 billion stolen each year would build 62,500 classrooms in the country, solving the problem of UPE pupils studying under trees for lack of learning space.
The Auditor General’s special report on CHOGM shows that Shs35 billion, from only three ministries of Works and Transport, ICT and Foreign Affairs, is unaccounted for. Such money would buy drugs for 4,166 Health Centre IIIs for a year at Shs8.4 million per centre. Given that there are about 900 Health Centre IIIs in the country, this money would buy drugs for all of them for more than four years.
Museveni ‘s corruption now is a curse to Uganda.