In the new fight against corruption, President Museveni has said government will now introduce a law that will force civil servants involved in corruption scandals have their property confiscated.
Addressing the nation at Kololo independence grounds on Monday afternoon, Museveni said corruption is still one of Uganda’s problems because four categories of government officials including; Permanent Secretaries, Chief Administration Officers, town clerks and sub county chiefs have not done their job of helping to fight corruption among government institutions.
He said that in the new fight against graft, civil servants will now face it rough.
“We are going to bring a law that any civil servant involved in corruption will have his property confiscated,”Museveni said.
New anti-corruption unit
Museveni said that a new anti –corruption unit within State House headed by his former private secretary, Lt.Col. Edith Nakalema will work as his eyes and ears on the ground to help monitor institutions supposed to fight corruption.
“Nakalema is not going to take over the job of the IGG. She will be helping IGG, and also the other bodies as they will be doing their jobs of fighting corruption.”
Museveni said the new unit will have in place toll free numbers where members of the public will call to report corruption incidents before they investigate.
“When you call, she(Nakalema) will get information and tell the person responsible and find out what exactly happened and bring feedback to me,”he said.
“She will then bring feedback that weevils have eaten up such and such a sub-county. I will then arrest the police officer or sack the officer who has failed to do their duty.”
He said that on several occasions courts of law have convicted many public servants of embezzlement of government funds but noted that the money they stole has never been recovered.
According to Museveni, as part of the new strategy, he will ensure all those convicted of embezzling government funds refund the money.