Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Corruption Can Be Successfully Eradicated Sooner Than Later

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

On Thursday, 30 June, 2011, the outgoing Chairperson of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed that the committee had recovered Ug. Shs. 3.5 trillion of swindled tax payers’ money. Honourable Nathan Nandala Mafabi, said that on average Ug. Shs. 700 billion was recovered annually, for the last five years and returned to national coffers. This represents monies, which had been embezzled by public servants and politicians.

This revelation was made at a hand-over ceremony where Hon. Mafabi (now Parliament’s Leader of Opposition) was handing over office to the incoming committee Chairperson, Hon. Kassiano Wadri and his team. I think appreciations to the Committee are in order. Thank you P.A.C. and congratulations.

As an oversight committee of Parliament, PAC is mandated to monitor government spending by demanding accountability for the same. Hon. Mafabi noted that during his leadership, corruption in government had significantly reduced, stating that Permanent Secretaries, acting as accounting officers of the various ministries, no longer dished out money to their Ministers simply upon demand. In other words, P.A.C. was able to offer protection to accounting officers.

I would like to say that this is a remarkable achievement. PAC has done a tremendous job and this clearly shows that corruption in Uganda is not a mind boggling matter after all. It can be tackled decisively, sooner than later. Perhaps we should ask what it is that P.A.C. did to obtain such brilliant results.

The no nonsense approach adopted by P.A.C. is responsible for its success. The committee did not compromise with suspected corrupt individuals; not even when their security and safety were openly threatened. It is therefore, not surprising that Hon. Mafabi and his team have been super successful. They always made news for grilling and detaining unscrupulous public officials suspected of indulging in corrupt transactions.

In so doing, they were not only able to recover stolen tax payers’ money but also successfully scared away more ‘thieves’ from the same. For this good discipline, the government and nation are reaping huge dividends, thereby giving a huge blow to corruption and its patron saints.

In executing its mandate, by and large P.A.C. adopted a culture of non-politicking as put by Kibale County M.P, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze. Much as the committee is headed by the opposition, it was and still is, dominated by the ruling National Resistance Movement party. Nevertheless, committee members chose to overlook this fact and took on corrupt civil servants and politicians head-on, irrespective of their political affiliation.

This is very good because corruption negatively affects us all without distinction. Its negative impacts like impairing effective service delivery are indiscriminate, capable of infringing on everybody’s human rights quite extensively.

The committee was quite hard working. Hon. Mafabi also said that they covered all the reports they had to investigate. He also appealed to the incoming Chairperson, Hon. Kassiano Wadri, to promote hard work.

P.A.C’s success shows that the fight against corruption will neither be easy nor cheap. To eradicate it completely, everyone will have to play their role. The President has to stop offering lip service to us and firmly inculcate financial discipline in his cadres, including those loyal to his N.R.M. party. Anti-corruption agencies like the Inspectorate of Government and the Director of Public Prosecutions should stop selective prosecutions. Most importantly, they should tackle the so-called ‘big fish’ first. Then, other Ugandans should desist from engaging in corrupt practices and report such vices whenever done.