By Deo Wasswa
Moses Waidha, the board member of transparency international Uganda says the way officials from Bank of Uganda are behaving in the COSASE committee on the closure of the commercial banks probe is enough evidence to show that they did it intentionally to defraud the tax payer’s money.
Speaking to journalists during the flagging off the anti corruption week today, Waidha noted that some of the officials being investigated are influential people in the government and they know that there are clear opportunities for them to come out of this saga.
He says the kind of impunity and level of theft being exhibited by these officials in the committee calls up the joint efforts from all private and government anti corruption agencies to help COSASE on the matter. But What’s more important is that after the investigations where will the report go”? He added.
This week Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate the anti corruption week 2018. The global corruption perception index 2017 ranked Uganda at the position of 152 out of 180 countries and territories.
According to Unite nations, corruption, cruelty, theft and tax evasion cost developing countries like Uganda approximately USD 1.26 trillion.
Speaking at the same press conference, John Mary Odoi noted that while much progress has needs made to date to expose corrupt acts, more needs to be done now not tomorrow.
“Despite much legal and institution framework have been put in place to combat corruption, there is still much work left to do.’’ he said. According to him, there are still weak or ineffective laws, little enforcement and limited resources to affect change and rampant abuse of power in the country which has led to slow movement in curbing corruption, with few tangible results to show for their efforts.
He has called up on Ugandans to participate in the anti corruption week activities and also to take up their role of fighting corruption since it is key in improving service delivery in the country.