Museveni announces new units at Capitol to investigate tax theft

Museveni announces new units at Capitol to investigate tax theft

President Yoweri Museveni, Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), addresses leaders of the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi, announcing new measures to combat corruption and tax evasion in the country.

President Yoweri Museveni has announced the creation of two new units within the Presidency to investigate and prevent tax theft and corruption. The units, which will be tasked with investigating tax evasion, under-reporting and other financial crimes, are part of the government’s efforts to combat corruption and ensure accountability in the country’s tax collection processes.

“The corruption we are facing today has two dimensions. The first is the theft of government money, taking bribes from the public to deliver government services, misuse of procurement procedures to cheat the state and corrupt management of personnel matters, for example nepotism and selling of government jobs. Professionally, constitutionally and logically, the following are the people in charge of government money, procurement and personnel (administration): the permanent secretary of a ministry; a head of administration in a district; a municipal secretary in a town or municipality; a Gombolola head in a sub-county; a managing director in a parastatal; and the secretary to Parliament. In the military, they are the chief of staff, the divisional administrative officer, etc. It is not, in the first place, the job of political leaders to fight corruption. However, ultimately, they are responsible for defending the interests of the people, if the accountants do not do their job,” President Museveni said while addressing leaders at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi.

“The other dimension of corruption is the disloyalty of employees of a private company. Employees who steal from their employers are also enemies of the country. If employers blacklist Uganda as a country where employees steal money from their employers with impunity, the Ugandan economy will suffer. It is therefore the job of the police to ensure that those who steal from companies, whether private or government, are held fully accountable, including paying back the money they stole in addition to jail time.”

The President reiterated the need for collective efforts in the fight against corruption, urging leaders to prioritize the welfare of Ugandans over their personal interests. “This retreat is a rare opportunity for us to reflect on our work, share experiences and learn from each other’s successes and challenges,” he said. “Corruption is a big problem in Uganda, and we must work together to defeat it.”

President Museveni stressed that corruption was a major obstacle to Uganda’s development and vowed to tackle the problem head on. “We will spare no effort to fight corruption,” he said. “We will recover every stolen coin and bring the culprits to justice.”

The President also urged the judiciary to support the fight against corruption by not granting bail to those accused of corruption, terrorism, rape, defilement and murder, if the prosecution is ready to try them. “The judiciary should not grant bail to those accused of corruption, terrorism, rape, defilement and murder, if the prosecution is ready to try them,” he stressed.

President Museveni also announced that the government would establish a specialised court to handle corruption cases, and that all government agencies would be required to report corruption cases to the new units.