Ugandan president leads anti-corruption walk in capital

Friday, December 20th, 2019 10:23 |
People participate in the anti-corruption walk activity in Kampala, capital of Uganda, Dec. 4, 2019. (Xinhua/Nicholas Kajoba)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday led an anti-corruption walk in the capital city of the East African country.

Museveni flagged off the four-kilometer walk held under the theme "A corruption-free Uganda starts with me."

The president was joined by Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, religious leaders, key government officials, traditional leaders, civil society and hundreds of citizens in the walk.

They walked from the Constitutional Square to Kololo Independence Grounds. Roads leading to the city center were closed for several hours.

Edith Nakalema, head of the State House Anti-corruption unit, the main organizer of the event, said the walk is a show of commitment to support and intensify the fight against corruption.

"Today is a demonstration that we are tired of corruption. Enough is enough. A corruption-free Uganda starts with you," said Nakalema.

On Dec. 10, 2018, the president launched the anti-corruption unit and encouraged the public to report corrupt officials.

The unit has received 58,415 complaints, concluded 8,022 cases, is currently investigating 4,017 and has referred 35,280 cases to relevant ministries, departments and agencies, according to official figures.

 At least 111 people have been charged in court, with 79 public officials interdicted.

 The anti-corruption walk is part of Uganda's participation in the global recognition of the anti-corruption week, whose theme is "promoting accountability for national development." (Xinhua)

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