Print
 

On Thursday, 6th March 2014, Uganda Debt Network successfully launched a third anti-corruption mural at Kigumba Town Council, Kiryandongo District in the Bunyoro Sub-region after one which was officially launched in Busitema, Busia district last year in early December, and another at the Equator in Kayabwe, Mpigi District in 2012. The mural, erected at a strategic point along the Kampala-Gulu-Southern Sudan Highway, was officially launched by the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Hon. Fr. Simon Lokodo.

The Deputy Inspector General of Government, Ms. Mariam Wangadya also graced the colourful event, alongside renowned anti-corruption activist and former Ethics Minister, Hon. Miria Matembe, Area MPs, the Kiryandongo District LC 5 chairman and other district officials. The colourful launch ceremony, also attended by a delegation from the Democratic Governance facility and UDN Board Chairman, Prof. Ezra Suruma, kicked off with a brass-band led procession through Kigumba Town, attracting mass community participation.

In her keynote speech, the Deputy IGG noted that corruption is a vice that is usually well concealed among the parties that engage in it, unless a dispute arises with regard to sharing of the "loot" and as a result, the Inspectorate of Government often faces challenges in evidence gathering and getting witnesses that are willing to testify when corruption cases are being prosecuted. Ms. Wangadya stressed the importance of the community in fighting corruption, citing it as a "constitutional responsibility". "The members of the community are the direct victims of corruption. They must therefore be vigilant in ensuring that resources that are meant to provide social services to them are actually used appropriately", she emphasised.

The State Minister for Ethics and Intergrity, Hon. Fr. Simon Lokodo hailed UDN's innovation of using murals to fight corruption, noting that these pictorial impressions would serve as a constant reminder to the public about the perilous effects of corruption. The audience was treated to a thrilling drama on corruption by a drama group, Kigumba Super Actors, as well as a performance of the UDN Anti-Corruption Song by Radio and Weasel of the Goodlyfe crew.