The Minister for Local Government Raphael Magyezi has said
his office is determined to fight cases of corruption which is overwhelming in
the local Government.
Magyezi was on Tuesday presenting the status of
implementation of the National Resistance Movement Manifesto in the area of
local Government at the Office of the President.
He said as the local Government, a lot had been
achieved except for areas like under staffing which ranges between 49 and 75% in
different local Government. Magyezi also noted that the local Governments are faced with
revenue generation challenges which has dragged on and should be worked on. He also says that the issue of transportation for some local Government leaders like mayors and chairpersons also remain a challenge.
On corruption, Magyezi said this was a challenge that he
noted as soon as he entered into the office of the Minister of Local
Magyezi says that most Local Government officials are
engaged in selling of Government assets, but also issues of stealing money,
with people opening up numerous accounts, but also open their own accounts to
siphon money instead of using the Local Government or Municipality account.
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Magyezi said that he will be tough on corruption, especially
on public land and public buildings. He says they hope to work with district and
central Government accounting teams to investigate and curb corruption in the
The Minister says if anyone is to make a transaction of a
Government property, they must get approval from the Minister of Finance.
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In several occasions the State House Anti Corruption Unit
led by Colonel Edith Nakalema has arrested and interdicted officials from the
local Government especially accounting officers, procurement officers, district
planners among other officials for embezzlement of funds and using their
position to turn Government property into theirs.