Africa anti-graft agencies converge in Uganda

APA-Kampala (Uganda)

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni on Monday officially opened the ninth Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa.

The meeting which runs till 11th May at Uganda's Lake Serena Kigo has attracted delegates from 16 African countries .

According  to Museveni three key issues need to be resolved in the corruption  fight including ensuring thorough investigations, enforcing prosecution and getting the courts to dispense immediate justice. 

"The  public are the victims of corruption and are a good tool to fight the  vice. They have nothing to benefit from the corrupt." said Museveni

He said the battle against corruption is winnable adding that African countries have to work together to achieve this.

Uganda's  Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has called for a complete mindset change,  which he said is the best way to fight corruption. 

Oulanyah  said "society tends to applaud and glorify the corrupt for their  ill-gotten acquisitions, which he says marginalizes hard working people  and condition others to steal in order to meet societal expectations."

According  to Patricia Scotland, the Secretary General Commonwealth Secretariat the conference is one of the efforts to institutionalize the fight against corruption with the aim of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 which lists specific methods of tackling corruption because it  undermines every effort.

The head of Uganda's Anti graft Organisation the Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja told the meeting that the road to a  corruption-free Africa starts with the countries.

She  said Uganda has adopted a zero tolerance policy to corruption which is  buttressed by the firm commitment of President Museveni to eradicating corruption in public office.

The meeting is running on the theme "Time to Act: Prevent Corruption for sustainable Development."

Among the countries represented at the conference is Botswana, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mauritius and Lesotho.

The annual rotational conference took place in Abuja, Nigeria last year and will move to Rwanda in 2020.


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