Views from Fiona: Forever Grateful
Minister of Health, Jim K. Muhwezi
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Views from Fiona: Forever Grateful


Showing how corruption is entrenched in Ugandan society.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: March 29, 2006


The global fund commission into mismanagement of funds meant for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, has brought out a new but ugly picture of our guerilla war bush men and this was blatantly exhibited by the Minister of Health Brig. Jim Katuggugu Muhwezi while appearing on commission for probe into the Global Fund. When Justice James Ogoola asked Hon. Muhwezi to resign and say sorry to Ugandans and his appointing authority-the president, for his involvement as the political head of the ministry, a charged and enlarged Muhwezi shot back about his patriotism and fighting to bring peace to this country. He queried where the honorable judge was when they were fighting to bring peace and the rule of law to the country. The brazen and despicable way in which the ministers in the health ministry have been answering questions from the probe team leaves a lot to be desired.


Ugandans were dumbfounded as to how the monies for Global Fund were changing hands without a drop of transparency and accountability. One can't help but ask a few questions. Does "liberating" Uganda, ushering in peace, give our gallant soldiers and freedom fighters the audacity to unbridled graft? Should Ugandans be forever grateful? Or maybe the Bushmen are not supposed to be accountable and the virtue that they fought gives them freedom to swindle state coffers.

Such blatant theft, lack of remorse, poor accountability, 'shambolic' testimonies of the ministers and their underlings goes a long in showing how corruption is entrenched in Ugandan society. Employing relatives, and the way the ministers aides have been contradicting their bosses, show how much regard they have in the probe team. But then again censure is not new to some of them and they haveve always bounced back with maybe the knowledge that the commission is for 'keeping up appearances' meant for foreign governments. The intimidation of would be witnesses by one Mondo Mugisha, aide to Mukula, perhaps shows there are skeletons in the closet that should not rear their ugly head to the commissions probe team.

It is bizarre on how these gentlemen and their assistants signed for this money. The scenario reminds me of Eneke the bird in Achebe's Things fall Apart. It said; 'since men have learnt to shoot without missing I've learnt to fly without perching.' The arrogance the ministry officials have exhibited should wake the president from his slumber so that he restructures government ministries because they are leading in graft. Country men and women remember history will judge him harshly.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: March 29, 2006
Fiona Abaasa is a columnist for UGPulse.com based in Kampala.

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