ON Wednesday, Teddy Seezi Cheeye, the director of economic monitoring in ISO was convicted of fraud and embezzling Global Fund money and was sentenced top 28 years in jail. The Global Fund money was donated to Uganda to fight AIDS, malaria and Tuberclosis
The Global Fund money was donated to Uganda to fight AIDS, malaria and Tuberclosis.
For every shilling of Global Fund money being embezzled it means that somebody is doomed to death. This is the level of impunity with which many of our public officials are operating under.
Totally disregarding the public good, they appropriate public funds for their own interest, letting public services deteriorate, safe in the knowledge that they can for example seek healthcare abroad.
Corruption is what is keeping our roads in a permanent state of disrepair, keeping us in poverty because we cannot access markets.
Corruption is what is accelerating our falling education and health services, keeping us in poverty because we cannot leverage education to climb higher up the social ladder or stay healthy to take advantage of commercial opportunities.
It is no wonder that you hear nary a whimper from Ugandans when a high profile official is hauled before the courts on corruption charges. Because we know you are getting your just rewards, we shall not shed a tear.
Let Cheeyeâ€™s conviction not just be a symbolic gesture but the warning shot in a long war against corruption in public offices.
Cheeye should not be the last