President Museveni says Central Bank of Uganda has been in invaded by the bean weevils (corrupt officers) that must be dealt with decisively.
Museveni made the remarks during celebrations to mark 25 years of Transparency International at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday afternoon.
The president says before he went to the bush, corruption was among the problems affecting the country, adding that when they captured power in 1986, they focused on overhauling the army and left other government institutions and departments like the civil service.
Museveni on kawukumi at bank of Uganda
“Of course there was a problem of remuneration but remuneration cannot replace integrity because some of the areas where there are problems, people are well remunerated like URA they did very good salaries so why would you have corruption there”
He adds “Bank of Uganda there is corruption there, so there is Kawukumi there now, there is mungwe (bean weevils), gradually Kawukumi has come in now so remuneration is not the cure, the cure is patriotism first”.
Many people have since blamed President Museveni of not having the will to fight corruption adding that his government thrives on corruption.
He however noted that whoever says that he does not have the will to fight corruption is wrong and deserves to be taken to the mental facility in Butabika.
“I can’t start persecuting them (corrupt civil servants) without following the law. I can’t start terrorizing people now “
Museveni said that he now has medicine for corruption especially among civil servants that he said would soon be applied.
The president noted that the country currently has enough civil servants to replace the corrupt ones adding that since the population is fed up with them, chasing them will now be easy.
“We have given them (civil servants) to expose themselves and the entire population is fed up of them. They will no longer blackmail us, “Museveni noted.
This comes after the president declined calls my finance minister Matia Kasaija to intervene and save bank of Uganda officials from the ongoing probe by the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) which is investigating Bank of Uganda over the sale of seven commercial banks.
Museveni says he wants Mutebile, Kasekende to be probed without protection because he told them not to close Crane Bank but they did not listen to him. Sources say this issue came up in the recent Cabinet meeting.
Among others Cosase is mandated to examine the reports and audited accounts of statutory authorities, corporations and public enterprises and in the context of their autonomy and efficiency, ascertain whether their operations are being managed in accordance with the required competence and where applicable, in accordance with sound business principles and prudent commercial practices.
The last weeks have seen BoU officials fail to present reports and documents concerning the dale of Teefe Trust Bank, Greenland Bank, International Credit Bank and Cooperative Bank.
The officials who should be the cream of the civil service in Uganda cannot even answer simple questions related to their work.
They have presented unsigned documents which they call as official as if they don’t know that any document without a signature is useless in legal terms.