National
Muhakanizi apologizes over corruption
Publish Date: Aug 28, 2014
Muhakanizi apologizes over corruption
The secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi made the apology on behalf of the finance ministry for the colossal sums of money lost to ghost civil servants over years.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

 By Pascal Kwesiga

THE secretary to the treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, has apologized to Ugandan tax payers for the billions of money lost through corruption in government.

 

Muhakanizi who was appointed secretary to the treasury last year also repented on behalf of the finance ministry for the colossal sums of money lost to ghost civil servants over years.

 

Muhakanizi was deputy secretary to the treasury before his promotion. 

 

“I sincerely apologize to you for these ghosts and I have to confess that there was laxity in the system. I was there (finance ministry) but the way the system was you could not catch anybody,” he said.

 

He was speaking during the launch of the fourth annual report on tracking corruption trends in Uganda using the data tracking mechanism at hotel Africana in Kampala.

 

The government has been paying salaries to hundreds of ghost civil servants over years. Muhakanizi said the ministry of finance is tightening controls to stem the theft of the tax payers’ money.

 

The state minister for ethics and integrity in the Office of the President, Simon Lokodo, said ‘silence’ is one of the major forms of corruption Uganda is grappling with.

 

“You are the most corrupt for keeping quiet while money is being stolen. You should demand for accountability,” he said.

 

The deputy Inspector General of Government, George Bamugemereire, decried the low demand for accountability in Uganda. 

 

“The people are not demanding accountability from their leaders. There is need for more sensitization.”

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
80 Ugandan MPs ‘use vehicles as offices’
Due to limited office space at Parliament, 80 NRM MPs work from their vehicles, departing Government Chief Whip Justine Lumumba says....
Nkesiga was a corrupt-free man - Museveni
POLITICAL leaders and prominent clergy were among thousands who gathered on Thursday say farewell to Rev Solomon Nkesiga, the man of God who was known as humble and amiable....
Korea pledges sh25b to reduce maternal mortality
THE Government of South Korea and UNICEF Uganda have signed an agreement that will see the former give to the latter for taming the high maternal and new-born mortality in Karamoja and Acholi...
Court extends criminal summons against Kiyingi
NAKAWA Chief Magistrate’s Court has extended criminal summons against Doctor Aggrey Kiyingi in connection with the recent murder of two prominent Muslim Clerics...
Local govts invite private partners for business
Local governments have passed a number of resolutions at the end of their two-day 10th forum on Joint Review of Decentralization (JARD), among them, the resolve to invite private partners in doing business....
Health ministry directs NMS on resuscitation kits
The health ministry has directed the National Medical Stores (NMS) to make the procurement of newborn resuscitation devices a priority. The move is intended to ensure availability of the equipment to stem the high rate of death of newborn babies who fail to breathe at birth, a condition known as as...
Will the ban of food vendors help eliminate typhoid?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter