UCU students urged to join the fight against Corruption

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

UCU, MUKONO: The Head of the Anti Corruption Unit at State House Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has urged the students of Uganda Christian University in Mukono Municipality to get deeply involved in the fight against corruption as the vice is a moral and spiritual issue and requires people like them with the right attitude to wipe out the vice from the country. 

“Uganda Christian University Mukono is ranked among the best in inculcating good moral conduct to its students. Corruption is both a moral and spiritual issue and can best be fought by people with the right attitude. I call upon you to be good ambassadors in eradicating the vice in our country,’ she counseled.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema was this afternoon delivering a lecture to both students and the staff of Uganda Christian University Mukono at Nkoyoyo Hall on the topic ‘Realizing Public Accountability in Uganda’s Public Service Delivery System-What is our role as Christians’

Nakalema who broadened the scope of corruption in all sectors and not focusing on only the embezzlement, exhaustively told the congregation that was on its daily lunch time assembly the forms of accountability that include among others financial, political, legal,  and social  accountability adding that all forms and levels of accountability are influenced by individual moral values that stem from the family, institutions, community, religion and government among others.

“Accountability starts with you as an individual. So you as the youth and leaders of tomorrow should promote integrity right from the family, schools and universities to decisively fight the vice,” she said. 

She informed them that government on its part has put in place interventions to curb corruption but it requires the responsibility and mandate of all Ugandans to combat the evil.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, therefore, urged students of Uganda Christian University in particular and all Ugandans to be the light of the world by denouncing corruption quoting from Mathew Chapter 15 verse16 that ‘let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise and glorify the Father in Heaven’.

The Vice Chancellor of the University Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi later during his interface with journalists said that it is incumbent upon all Ugandans to fight corruption in Uganda. He lauded Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema for broadening the scope of corruption by including the accountability of all persons in responsible positions of service delivery in the country.

“I am very grateful to Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema for having broadened the description of corruption not to only focus on money. For example I as the Vice Chancellor of the University am accountable to the staff, students and the Chancellor himself. So in whatever I do I know at the back of my mind that God is watching,’ he said.

He pointed out that the fight against corruption depends on all the people of Uganda.

‘If we do the wrong thing our children and future generations will suffer,” he noted.