For the last twenty and above years, the public only knew that the role of security especially Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) was to fight terrorists like Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), high way robberies, city-armed robbers,Al-shabab and other insurgencies within and outside Uganda.
It is true Uganda was for the last twenty years has suffered all the above-mentioned insecurities where some lives have been lost. Even our economy faced the same challenges and our GDP reduced.
Nevertheless, with the good governance and leadership of President General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who also doubles as the commander In Chief of Armed forces, all the insurgencies have been fought. Terrorists, robbers have been defeated and Uganda is now among the most peaceful Country in the world.
Uganda since 2010 has been having stable conditions after UPDF fought and defeated all insurgencies that had paralyzed our economy hence making citizens poorer. However, with stable economy, some Ugandans developed corruption tendencies that also swindled our economy.
President Museveni since 2010 has been fighting corruption in Uganda but the level remains high. Some institutions like IGG, Anti- Courts among others have been instituted but corruption remains a challenge to our economy.
In 2018, President Museveni decided to bring in security to help other government agencies to fight corruption by introducing State House Anti corruption Unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.
Nakalema’s Unit has done a tremendous job in fighting corruption. The Unit has tackled corruption and statistics show since 2018 corruption in Uganda especially in government institutions has reduced.
The corrupt officials who have been calling themselves untouchables have been touched and remanded to government prisons like Luzira,Kitalya among others.
Ever since Anti Corruption Unit started, more than 250bn corruption related cases have been conducted and investigated. The cases range from Central Government (Ministries, Departments and Agencies), Local Governments and the Private Sector.
Statistics show that 146 persons have been charged before Courts of Law out of whom 120 are public officers who are currently on interdiction and 26 are Private Companies/Individuals.
Fourteen (14) of these persons have been convicted and the other cases are pending in court at various stages.
A total of 1.73Bn/= was recovered; Shs. 1Bn/= being money recovered from Labour Export Companies that had taken money from desperate youths with the promise of jobs in the Middle East and failed to provide the jobs. Shs. 738m was money recovered from air supplies from Gaming and Lotteries Board and returned to the Treasury.
Below are some of the prominent persons who have been arrested for corruption related cases.
Kisoro South MP – Hon. Sam Bitangaro, Mrs. Christine GuwatuddeKintu – Permanent Secretary, Mr. Joel,Wanjala – Accounting Officer, Martin Owor – Commissioner Disaster Management,Fred Lutimba – Asst.Commissioner Procurement, all from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Others netted by Anti Corruption Unit included
Patrick Nyakana Mabiho – Secretary Human Rights Commission, Assimwe Wilfred Muganga, Rebecca Nassuna, Agirembabazi Willy and Tino Rebecca, all Principal Human Rights Officers and WamalaTadeo – Accountant at the Commission.
Mr. Mujuni Lawrence – Secretary Equal Opportunities Commission, Olwor Sunday Nicholas – Under Secretary, Jemba Evans – Principal Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh – Senior Compliance Officer, Mugabe Moses – Senior Monitoring and Compliance Officer, Byangire Harriet – Senior Accountant at the Commission.
Mr. Edgar Agaba – CEO Gaming and Lotteries Board and John
Patrick Kazoora Patrick Kazoora – Manager Finance and Administration.
Ms. Achimo Ruth – Secretary Soroti University, Odong James – Internal Auditor, Omoding Samuel Ag. University Secretary, Otim Gilbert – Ag. University Bursar and other staff of the University.
Senior officials from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Wakiso and Mbarara MZOs).
Mr. Stephen Mukweli, Managing Director-Post Bank, Directors and some members of senior management of the same bank.
Mr. David Malinga Akol, Director Currency BoU and some Branch Managers among others.
Directors of MTK Ltd; Fiona Kitaka – CEO, Dr. Francis KitakaJr – Operations Manager and Alex Natukunda – Commercial Manager were charged with obtaining 1,095,353,800/= by False Pretence, Conspiracy to defraud and forgery.
City businessman Mr. Abid Alam who was charged with conspiracy to defeat justice arising from his interference in cases related to land disputes in Kassanda District that led to the torture, death and malicious damage of property of residents of Kasanda.
Other institutions that have been helping State House Anti Corruption Unit include Land Commission headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. This unit has helped to fight corruption in land. Land grabbing was a big problem until the President formed the land commission.
Others include;Inspector General of Government, Act Whistle Blower’s Act 2010,Public Accounts Committee (PAC),Anti-Corruption Act., Accountant General, Auditor General, Integrated Financial Management Systems (IFMS) and Integrated Personnel and Pay Roll Systems (IPPS)