President Museveni has lashed out at tax collecting body, Uganda Revenue Authority and the central bank for harbouring what he termed as weevils eating up the body.
Museveni has in the past used the word weevils to refer to police officers either involved in crime themselves or those who collude with criminals.
Speaking during celebrations to mark 25 years of Transparency International at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday afternoon, Museveni said on many occasions he has been let down by civil servants.
He said some civil servants have been paid hefty salaries in a bid to prevent from being engaged in corruption and misappropriation of funds but noted that many have gone on to fall for the vice.
“I was told that poor remuneration fueled corruption but even in agencies like URA, Bank of Uganda and KCCA where pay is competitive, there exists corruption,”Museveni said.
The president said that before civil servants are replaced, there is need to be careful while choosing those to take up various positions adding that those to be chosen must have integrity.
“There is Kawukuumi (weevil) in URA. Initially while setting up URA, we carefully identified young people to work there. It was clean and tax collection went up but now we need to clean it up,”Museveni said.
He 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 terrorising 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.