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Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah speaks out on the rot in the country

by James Ateenyi

All efforts towards fights against corruption in Africa will not yield any positive impact unless a formal declaration to fight the vice is made Deputy Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has said.

“Who are the corrupt, they are our mothers, our sisters, our cousins and us; the fight to rid corruption begins with you. The frontline is where you are,” said Oulanyah.

Speaking at during the opening of African Organization of Public Account Committees (AFROPAC) Annual General Meeting and Symposium on 19 November at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Oulanyah said the declaration of “Never again to Corruption” is necessary.

He further blamed the continent for over dependence on foreign donations, illicit financial flows and public debt as the reason for increasing rates corruption, adding that this has in turn affected service delivery.

“We are talking about aid because the money that we generate, we steal,” said Oulanyah.
He called for moral and innovative leadership in the fight against corruption.

The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon Betty Aol Ocan concurred with Oulanyah advising that the continent needs to reduce on borrowing.

“In Africa, we borrow a lot and this support comes with strings attached. We therefore, end up working for other countries and not ours,” said Aol.

She appreciated the work being done Uganda’s Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees, asserting that the committees have been able to expose corruption in the country.

“PAC should continue holding public hearings to provide authentic information and articulate real issues that affect the common person,” said Aol.

The conference which runs from 19 to 23 November 2018 is being attended by representatives of public accounts committees from 16 African countries including Cameroon, Liberia, Mali, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe and Malwai. Others are Botswana, South Sudan, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt and Zambia.

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