Speaker warns on Graft in Roads sector
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has cautioned government against heavy loans meant for road construction but end up being stolen by officials in the public sector.
Kadaga was speaking at the thanks giving ecumenical service during the launch of the parliament week at Parliament building on Monday.
“There is gross inflation of costs for infrastructure in Uganda. Many road projects have been turned into a channel for stealing money from the people of Uganda,” she said.
The Speaker asked legislators to team up against what she referred to as disguised corruption.
“I call upon the members of parliament to be steadfast so that we put an end to that level of official theft and beautifully written motions that you present in Parliament,” she said.
Last year, parliament’s Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises Chaired by Abdul Katuntu (FDC-Bugweri County) recovered about Ugx 30 billion in flawed roads projects by Chinese contractors.
In her sermon at the same function, Rev Canon Christine Shimanya, the Parliament Anglican Chaplain raised the Speaker’s call when she lashed out at officers in the public service for siphoning public funds.
“You are stealing from government, you ministers, and even some religious leaders have got lots of wealth. I don’t know how they get such wealth but they know, they are in big cars and escorted all over the place,” Shimanya said.
Rev Shimanya also cautioned politicians from clinging onto power, asking them to relinquish such positions to much better performers, usually available in society.
“My friends you must leave, you can’t stay here forever, you have to move on because every time God is changing, do not dwell in the past glory,” she said.
During the five day activities, Parliament will be fundraising for the construction of a one-stop Center for the albino community while at the same time rising funds to buy re-usable sanitary towels for the girl child in Northern Uganda.
The speaker also toured stalls where different departments of parliament exhibited their work.