Bunyoro Leaders Back Govt's National Ethical Values Strategy

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Bunyoro leaders have supported a move by government to rebuild moral values as a strategy to fight corruption and other forms of immorality.

Bunyoro leaders have supported a move by government to rebuild moral values as a strategy to fight corruption and other forms of immorality.
 
On Monday officials from the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity in the Office of the President were in Hoima to disseminate the 10 national ethical values. Amos Can Lapenga, the Director Ethics, says the ten national ethical values were reached at after a countrywide consultation and were approved by the president in October last year.
 
Lapenga says the directorate is now on a campaign to disseminate these values to key regional stakeholders to act as a guiding tool in their day-to-day work and also help them guide the people they serve. He says it’s a new government strategy to fight corruption and other forms of immorality in society.
 
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On top of the many high profile arrests of corrupt officials in the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of local government in the last two years, parliament has also gone ahead to enact laws aimed at fighting immorality. These are the anti-pornography Act and the contentious anti-homosexuality Act both passed in December last year.
 
Bunyoro leaders have lauded government on the move. They argue that the current decline in moral values in society is to blame for acts such as corruption, sexual immorality and indecent dressing.
 
Blasio Mugasa, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Deputy Premier, says an inter-mix of cultures has led to erosion of the much treasured cultural values in Ugandan society. Mugasa adds that even the rampant corruption in Uganda is triggered by decline in moral and ethical values.
 
Fred Kakoraki, the Hoima district Vice Chairman, says though the oil discovery and associated activities have spurred the region’s development, loss of moral and ethical values has come along. He says the influx in population has led to acts like prostitution in Hoima town adding that the earlier government embarked on rebuilding morals; the better to address such associated problems.
 
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The ethical values among others include Respect for humanity and environment, Honesty, Justice and fairness, integrity, hard work for self-reliance and social responsibility. The dissemination exercise started in Northern Uganda and continues to cover the whole country.