Hoima Residents Want Museveni To Address Corruption

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In short
As President Yoweri Museveni arrives at Serena Hotel to deliver the State of the Nation Address, Hoima residents expect him to give a government’s stand on corruption and irregularities on the government payroll.

As President Yoweri Museveni arrives at Serena Hotel to deliver the State of the Nation Address, Hoima residents expect him to give a government’s stand on corruption and irregularities on the government payroll.

The residents say on top of huge sums of money going missing in key ministries, some civil servants have gone several months with less or no pay at all.

Patrick Byakagaba, a boda boda cyclist at Kiyembe stage in Hoima town, says the president should pronounce his government’s tough stance on corrupt officials. Byakagaba wants all corrupt officials heavily punished and kicked out of their offices. The cyclist expresses bitterness over government’s retention of people dented with corruption in the various offices.

He says because large sums of money are stolen, Ugandans continue to suffer with poor service delivery while civil servants and pensioners are going without pay.

Peter Mayanja, a local leader and private money lender in Kiryatete East in Hoima Municipality, says the president should clearly state what government is doing to rectify problems with the civil service payroll. Mayanja says some civil servants have failed to pay back borrowed money simply because they either receive less pay or they miss pay at the end of the month.

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Yusuf Tibulihwa, a businessman hailing from Busiisi says he would want to hear a lot from the State of the Nation Address, but the problem is that it all remains on paper as little is ever implemented.

Tibulihwa challenges the president to always follow upon what he says to ensure it’s well implemented.

Several top government officials including ministers and their permanent secretaries have battled court cases and some are still in court over corruption related charges. The most recent one is that in the Prime Minister’s office where billions of money meant for the Peace Recovery and Development Program-PRDP was swindled.

In the civil service, government workers especially teachers have gone several months with less or no pay at all. The problem has persisted and government seems to be doing less to tackle the issue.