Party Caucuses Promote Corruption--Kanyeihamba

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Individual Members of Parliament must be left to answer for their corrupt actions instead of referring them to their party caucuses.

Individual Members of Parliament must be left to answer for their corrupt actions instead of referring them to their party caucuses.
 
Retired Supreme Court Judge, Prof. George Kanyeihamba while speaking at the first annual anti corruption convention, says taking personal issues to party caucuses is diversionary and unfortunate. Prof. Kanyeihamba argues that some MPs after committing crimes, take the matters to their party caucuses which then pass resolutions concluding that they are innocent.
 
He adds that this gives corrupt MPs an opportunity to work in groups instead of individually to guard their integrity and conscience.
 
The retired judge says the tragedy of Uganda is that people are being poorly represented in Parliament.
 
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Western Uganda youth MP Gerald Karuhanga noted that corruption can be fought by exposing the individuals caught in corruption scandals. The masses can also be mobilized to pass information on any link on corruption scandals.
 
Karuhanga in a poetic style describes the behaviour of corrupt ministers and government officials as not only preposterous but also ridiculous, not only wicked but also criminal and it’s not only dreadful but also disgusting among others.
 
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Forum for Democratic Change Vice President Salaamu Musumba proposed looking at corruption in an in-depth intellectual manner. This involves citing the most corrupt region in the country, carrying out a per capita corruption index and looking at the system of governance.
 
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John Segujja from Luwero says they are starting a movement for political accountability to force MPs to return to their constituencies.  This will involve masses discussing the achievements and failures of their representatives even in their absence before they are re-elected.
 
The participants contend that the 9th Parliament has stood out among all the previous parliaments as one whose agenda is devoted to fighting corruption.
 
Corruption is considered Uganda’s major impediment to development resulting in poor service delivery to the citizens. It’s also responsible for the high cost of doing business in the country.
 
 The focus on corruption and Parliament is aimed at urging Parliamentarians to successfully combat corruption especially in scenarios where the executive is not directly elected.