By Kampala Post Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni has urged investors to report government officials who seek bribes. He warned that punitive action will be taken against those found guilty.
“I urge investors to report any government officials that ask them for bribes. Corruption is a bottleneck to development. We are cracking the whip and once we get the facts and evidence, action will be taken,” the President said.
He made the call on Tuesday in London, UK, as he addressed leaders of more than 70 British companies at the UK-Uganda Business Forum. Museveni is in London on a four-day official visit where he took part in the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit. The business forum was organized by the Uganda High Commission, supported by Lord Dolar Popat, the UK Trade Envoy to Uganda.
Museveni appealed to the investors to support the government in stemming corruption, which he said was a bottleneck to development. Addressing the attentive audience, President Museveni elaborated on the investment opportunities available in Uganda, listing openings in agro-processing, manufacturing, minerals, tourism and the services sectors. The other openings for investors, explained President Museveni, exist in manufacturing, machine-making, services in healthcare, insurance, financial sector, consultancy and others.
“I pointed them to the immense opportunities available in agriculture, mining, tourism, and the services sectors. Serious investors in these areas can be assured of adequate raw materials and other government support,” the President later posted on his social media. He added: “Our infrastructure is now good. The roads are smooth from border to border, we are working to bring the cost of each unit of electricity down to 5 cents, while we pursue the construction of the railway, both to Mombasa and Dar es Salaam."