By Peter Marco
A few years ago while celebrating UGANDA INDEPENDENCE DAY with some friends I proposed the idea of fighting corruption at all cost and at all level, but some people thought it will be hard and difficult to do.
I proposed the idea of confiscating the wealth of the guilty corrupt people, the freezing of assets they own, selling off property they have acquired, introducing a criminal record status that will be on their record for some time and recovering the money they have taken including paying the court bill to the DPP if they lose the case.
But after sometime someone has taken up my proposal and my dream. Hon Simbwa proposed bill is a great i deal that I had in my heart and it will be one of the main reforms that will help in fighting corruption and building public trust, helping the economy to grow, create new jobs, encourage foreign investors, improve on the social welfare and fight employment among youth.
This idea I copied it in the North East of England where they had a problem of drugs and crime, but when they introduced measures to arrest drug dealers and charge them, it reduced crime,
Measures included the guilty criminals where meant to pay the police money for investigating them, recover the money they had gained from drugs, repossessing of the houses they have bought, take everything of valve in the house and sentencing them to prison for a long time.
This was to discourage the few who thought that drugs and crime pays because the drug dealers who used to show-off with big cars and jewellery they were coming out of prison without anything and with a big and long criminal record that always stays in their life.
The measures gave Cleveland Police, Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police ways of reducing crime and building the communities.
The reason why Hon Simbwa’s Bill must be introduced soon was started in the North East Of England the Police Services in the area can testify the achievement that such ideas brought.
We need to show the corrupt that abuse of office, embezzlement and stealing from public coffers does not pay.
It will not only benefit in fighting corruption but even to discourage many who are thinking of stealing and embezzling funds.
There is a need to send a strong message to the public that action against corruption is being taken and to the corrupt that corruption will not be tolerated in anyway, by taking away what they have gained and owned through corruption, it will be of National Benefit and for many years to come.
Now if we do care about the country and the future generation we need to build trust in them and make them be proud of their country, by taking action on matters that are of great importance to them and fighting corruption must be Uganda’s Main priority
But i would like to appeal to Hon John Simbwa MP Makindye East to include a clause or title in this bill, which must take away the President’s power to pardon people who have been found guilty on corruption charges.
And to include the title which states that we must have an independent judiciary to Investigate and judge the corruption cases, but that judiciary must be monitored and checked because they can misinterpret the law and go on to use separation of power.
So let’s amend the Anti-corruption Act 2009 and 2012 by supporting Hon Simbwa’s motion regardless of political Party, Tribe, Religion, Culture or Region, but for National interest and for a better Uganda, where people can dream of success with Love, Faith and Hope.
Not a country where dreams are being washed away and people are not proud of their country, we need to build faith back in the public.
Written by Peter Marco