| Dictator Museveni- Emperor of Corruption 09/01/2011 |
The Ugandan government of dictator Museveni is a mess of corruption which is
failing to address thievery and looting of state funds by officials holding the
highest positions of power, Prof Plo Lumumba, chairman of the Anti-Corruption
Commission of Kenya iterated during the recent induction of Ugandan Members of
Slap on the Wrist
Now, you’d expect such a ceremony to be
a chance to laud the leadership capabilities of such respected seniors, but
Lumumba instead took the chance to highlight the gross corruption known to exist
within Museveni’s inner circle.
He insisted that the cabinet should seek to
emulate other governments- citing Ian Khama’s Botswana and Paul Kagame’s Rwanda
in rooting out corruption.
There’s a problem with that, though- Kagame’s
authoritarian technique is to either kill off opposition, or have officials
branded as corrupt and thrown in prison under a flawed legal system.
The Big Secret That Isn’t
Back to the point: Museveni’s
regime is regarded by Ugandans, neighbouring countries, foreign governments and
the international community of watchdog groups and NGOs as corrupt.
And yet all of these countries continue to engage with, or, more
shockingly, invest in a relationship with the very same regime. That’s a little
mad. Knowing that the money is being filtered through the central bank and into
the hands of officials, and still handing over millions and millions?
Museveni has boldly committed to rooting out corruption- in the past
he as made stirring speeches about it- and yet nothing has happened. The only
people accused of it are those who have fallen out of favour with the dictator-
The Right Kind of Corruption
Perhaps the best way to
understand Museveni’s warped corruption-based economy is to look at the words of
the man himself. In 2010- possibly feeling pangs of guilt about his own
corruption he said this:
“In 1986 we inherited a very small resource envelope
for the country—the country was collecting Shs 5 billion from tax, today we are
collecting Shs 5,000 billion but much of it is [stolen] by corrupt civil
servants and politicians,”
The President added: “These thieves also build the
country, but in a disorganised way; they swindle money and build houses; yes,
they are also contributing to the development of the country but in a
So corruption can be used to develop a country?
said in an interview following his rebuke of Members of Parliament that
essentially Museveni needed to lead the battle, and create infrastructures which
prevent corruption. Whilst Lumumba acknowledged the extreme levels of
corruption, he stopped short of accusing Museveni himself.
Museveni, We’ll Look the Other Way
And that’s where the
problem lies. As long as Uganda looks to the corrupt leader to root out
corruption, it’s not going to happen. Instead, expect the arrests of critics and
the opposition as they, rightly, decry the looting en-masse by Museveni’s
cronies of state funds.
The buddy system in government- it works for Kagame-
and it works for Yoweri Museveni