RX Radio presenter James Onen commonly known as Fatboy has said that with the state of corruption in Uganda and the fruitless efforts to combat it, it should be accepted and embraced as a genetic trait of Ugandans.
This was during The Fatboy Show on Monday morning as he was commenting on the 2.8 billion shillings sought by the Office of the President for the next financial year budget, to supplement the 67 billion shillings budget allocated to fighting corruption.
The IGG Betty Kamya while appearing before the Committee on Presidential affairs last week requested that the amount will help to instill morals in Ugandans in the fight against corruption.
Wondering whether one would be blamed for assuming that the 67 billion shillings is part of the trillions of shillings lost to corruption, Fatboy was curious to know what IGG’s office has accomplished since 2021.
He went on to question how the additional budget would exactly ‘instill morals’ in Ugandans saying that Uganda’s problems seem to be insolvable with money because even would be helpful sects such as the religious leaders are far problematic and neither can school curriculums.
“So instead of us throwing money down the toilet in this bid to fight corruption, how about we just embrace it as a part of our nature instead of pretending that we are fighting it because corruption is basically part of our DNA as a nation. Like oxygen, Uganda cannot exist without corruption,” he argued.
Olive Najjuma, the co host of The Fatboy Show quoted President Museveni who said that, “government officials can’t be penalized for stealing public funds because they invest the money back into the country thereby developing their home country and creating jobs.”
Olive further explained that even if the country got a new leader, it would take a good amount of time for corruption to be flashed out of the system and change the mindset of Ugandans to recognize corruption as evil.
Fatboy in a similar argument added that, “even if by any circumstance Kyagulanyi becomes President, assuming that he wins two terms there would still be massive corruption and his excuse would be that it isn't easy to overturn the decades of massive corruption.”
Olive agreed with Fatboy, adding that getting rid of corruption in Uganda would take two or three Presidents after Museveni.
President Museveni appointed former Lands Minister Hon Betti Namisango Kamya as IGG on July 15, 2021 and she has since spearheaded the eradication of corruption in the country.
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive and Sarah every weekday from 6am to 10am on RX Radio.