Uganda: Catholic priest rebukes Museveni, Mbabazi

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By John Njoroge | The Monitor | Nov 28, 2012

Outspoken Catholic Priest Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda has issued a stinging criticism of President Museveni and Premier Amama Mbabazi, depicting them as ‘dishonest leaders” who lack the willingness” to fight corruption.

In his November 16 letter, Fr. Gaetano blames the two for shielding Mr Pius Bigirimana, the permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, whom he says should take responsibility for the mess in which officials have been accused of siphoning funds.

“Mr President and Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi. Why can’t Bigirimana be interdicted? How about the former PS of Health Ms Mary Nannono? PS of Local Government Kashaka and PS Ministry of Public Service Lwamafa. Are these less Ugandan and less PS? By the way what happened to PS Kagoda of the IDs? Is he protecting and shielding some people?” he added.

Fr. Gaetano, for long a close ally of Mr Museveni, also dismissed Mr Museveni’s suggestion that Mr Bigirimana was a ‘whistle-blower” who should be protected as a State witness.

President Museveni’s spokesperson Tamale Mirundi said, unless Fr Gaetano’s opinions are subjected to a national referendum, they remain his own.

Mr Mirundi asked Fr Gaetano to understand the difficulties of governing a democracy.“In 1980 we did not have the institution of the IGG and PAC. Today, these institutions have helped bring sanity but not with some shortfalls,” Mr Mirundi said.
 

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