By Fred Kiva
President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to deal with public servants who interfere with the private sector through corruption.
The President made the remarks on Tuesday evening while officiating at the launch of the Aya Group of Companies owned, Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala.
“I am sorry you were inconvenienced by our corrupt Ugandans who wanted to get bribes from you,” the President said, adding that “I have sworn to make all those public servants endangered species.”
He emphasized that encouraging the private sector should be the primary mandate of all government servants.
Aya Group was early this year in the news after State Minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations; Hebert Kabafunzaki was arrested for allegedly receiving a five million bribe from Aya Group of Companies Director Hamid Mohammed.
The Minister reportedly demanded 10million shillings as bribe to clear Aya Group’s name on allegations then about sexual harassment of the group’s employees. The five million shillings was reportedly handed to him in part payment. Kabafunzaki is still battling the case in court.
Apologizing for the incident, the President vowed to continue the battle against such public servants.
Hamid Mohammad, the Director Aya Group of Companies explained that Pearl of Africa Hotel will offer 2000 jobs and can accommodate a maximum of ten thousand people. It’s a 20 storey Hotel with over 250 rooms and 42suites.
Minister for Trade and Cooperative, Amelia Kyambadde commended the contribution by the Hotel Industry to the growth of the tourism sector in Uganda. “In the last five years the hotel industry, which is part of the tourism sector has grown by 5percent,” she explained.