Alex Okello – the permanent secretary Ministry of Ethics and Integrity has asked Acholi people to undertake serious work in fighting corruption and related vices.
This he said during the launch of the simplified version of the anti- corruption book (“Laws”) on Friday.
He says corruption is becoming uncontrollable in the country.
He says the intention of releasing the book into the local language is to help people understand the laws and the constitution well for better step in preparation of the roads in the fight against the corruption.
Ojara Martin Mapenduzi, the LC5 chairman Gulu district who officiated as Chief Guest and launched the book on behalf of Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo, Minister for Ethics and Integrity said “there is need to see the different ways of shaping good moral values and checks on the grounds of accountability in public offices”.
He, however, appreciated Makerere University for the translation of the anti corruption laws in it’s simplified version, and encouraged the people to dedicate much time in reading other than spending time within their phones.
“We have to strengthen the fight by encouraging partnership with both stakeholders and other concerned organisations,” he further added.
The RDC Gulu, Okot Santo Lapolo says “much as these laws protect us, there is need for the Acholi to withdraw from lamentation and embark seriously in rubbishing corruption because the vice has gone extreme”.
Citing that corruption has been “syndicated and institutionalised”.
“This book is going to give hope to the locals therefore there is an essence to popularise the book,” Lapolo emphasised.
Otim Nokorach, a retired health worker, however submitted that “much as the book has been launched and being an eye opener, there is need to carry with actions more other than reviewing what has already been written”.
“Everybody understand that corruption is bad but we have to change mindset and square great time in the fight,” he noted.
The ministry has already printed two anti- corruption laws in luo, Iteso, and yet to translate in Luganda and in other languages.
This initiative started in the year 2017 and will continues until the laws are printed in all languages.