Youths who have been championing the fight against misuse of government resources Bukwo district, eastern Uganda have resolved to halt their activities, saying their efforts have not been appreciated by government departments entrusted with fighting the scourge.
Moses Kiplingat who coordinates Bukwo Anti-Corruption Monitors said that they have been spending much of their time following up on misuse of funds and liaising with relevant offices against corruption in the district but no action has been taken.
According to Kiplingat, they have given a lot of evidence to the IGG, the minister for Local Governments Raphael Magyezi, the then state minister for Economic Monitoring Peter Ogwang and recently, the State House Anti-corruption Unit team but no action has been taken.
"We took all these officials to the ghost projects where money has been swindled. At the end of the day, they all get shocked but they don't act," he claimed. "So why should we claim to be fighting corruption?"
Jemimah Chelangat, another anti-corruption crusader said they will now also just sit and watch as government resources get misused in the district.
"The same officers who are supposed to be arrested for corruption are the same officers who eat together with those who are supposed to arrest," she said.
John Sumbura Sikikwa, the LC III chairperson of Kaptererwo sub-county and also the chairman of all sub-county chairpersons in Bukwo district says corruption in Bukwo is what has kept the community to remain in poverty. Denis Jenje the Chesower sub county chairperson in Bukwo district said there is no genuine fight against corruption in Uganda.
"The only fight we see is lamenting, but not action, because if it was action, then Bukwo district would have been cleaned," he said.
Julius Chelimo the district chairperson Bukwo said he was also wondering what was going on, adding that a lot of information including site visits by the State House Anti-corruption Unit team has been gathered, ministry of Local Government and IGG in Bukwo but nothing has changed.
But when contacted, the resident district commissioner Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza who represents the president in Bukwo also admitted that most of the government agencies tasked with the fight against corruption in the country have not done enough to clean Bukwo despite several visits to the district.
"It's so hurting anyway seeing the community missing services just because of the few corrupt officials in the district," said Mpimbaza.