By Ahura Mujuni Mark
A new report by the Human Rights Watch criticizes government for not handling corruption cases to the desired end.
The report titled ‘Letting the Big Fish Swim; Failure to prosecute High Level Corruption in Uganda’ shows that cases such as that of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Global Fund have not been fully handled.
It further states that no investigations into several corruption scandals have been carried out over many years.
Maria Burnett, senior researcher in the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch said the lack of political will has greatly hindered the corruption fight in Uganda
Human Rights Watch added that Uganda risks falling victim to a “resource curse” when it launches commercial oil production because its government lacks the political will to fight corruption.
“Uganda is likely to become yet another model example of the so-called ‘resource curse’ in Africa,” the New York-based group said in the report
The Ethics and Integrity Minister, Fr Simon Lokodo has however dismissed the report and described it as far-fetched and unfair.