I wonder what to think of our law. Recent efforts by the government in the fight against corruption would seem to point to a renewed commitment to rout out the vice once and for all.
A number of officials, who would never have had to fear for their futures in the past regarding their ‘official activities’, have been arresteed at Parliament. The joke is that if you are a big shot and get summoned to face some committee, pack your bags for jail. Coz, chances are that you’ll be facing a hostile group of politicians bent on showing the rest of us that they are straight; that they are good citizens trying to fight corruption. Of course, they do not want us to side-track them into questions on the silly increments they demand now and then in their salaries or the ridiculous demands for gas guzzlers. If they think there’s even a tiny sign of impropriety on your side, you are going to the Water.
But , I would think it has something to do with the pressure from without. After that embarassing business with the vanishing Aids/Tuberculosis and GAVI funds, top government people are trying hard to get out of the spotlight but nothing’s going, it seems.
The world thinks this corruption sheit is going too far; there are thieves in every government in the world, presumably and the world has come to accept that. But when the theft gets to the levels at which it has in Uganda, someone’s gotta stand up and say, “hell no!”
So we are probably going to be seeing a few more arrests and the top government people distancing themselves from the corrupt. We shall probably see all those laws that government is threatening to unleash coming into existance. Then the pressure will start to subside.
We sit here hoping that by the time we get into real big business, the thieves will be too scared to demnd for the huge cuts they do now. Maybe then, it will be subtle and it will be up to us to decide if they deserve a present or not.
As things stand today, business is not usual down this side.