People power leaders scoop six awards for fighting corruption

Six local government leaders/ workers inclined towardspeople power movement have been recognized for their fight against corruption.The six scooped national integrity awards for their leadership in the fight against corruption. They were selected by citizens through a rigorous vetting process. The awards ceremony took place at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Friday.

 The stars

The Masindi district LC5 chairperson, Cosmas Byaruhanga,emerged winner from the Albertine region for his selfless leadership in the fight against corruption.

John Ocan, the Amuru LC5 vice-chairperson, was recognized for working well with other local leaders to ensure all civil servants reside in the district. He was also credited for boosting local revenue collection and ensuring accountability

Albert Oloya, the Nwoya district water officer, was commended for taking good care of government assets such as vehicles and being active in supporting the monitoring initiatives.

Bernadette Awor, the Pakwach district community development officer, was credited with defending the rights of women and children.

Wilfred Muswa Jatho, the headteacher of Kinju Primary School, was recognized for being transparent.

Christine Apolot, the Kumi district chairperson, was recognized for always being accountable.

The National Integrity Awards 2018 were organised by the ethics ministry, the Inspectorate of Government in partnership with Action Aid Uganda, Transparency International, Anti-Corruption Coalition and Faraja Africa Foundation with support from Democratic Governance Facility.

ActionAid country director Xavier Ejoyi said the awards were aimed at recognising people who have exceptionally contributed to the fight against graft.

Government to fight graft

While handing the awards to winners on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Kampala, Beti Kamya, said:

“President Museveni has declared a more vibrant war to end corruption. The Government has decided not only to recruit civil servants but the entire section of Ugandans in the war against corruption.”

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Lukwago Joseph grew up in a newspaper family, and rumor has it that instead of playing the guitar in his infancy, his parents put a reporter’s notebook and a pen next to him shortly after he turned born eight years. Before becoming editor of UGANDANZ, Lukwago was a parliament news editor for WBS TV. He joined UGANDANZ in July 2018, A few months after the company launched. Lukwago also spent five years as a freelance reporter, where he covered reporting for the highest bidder, intelligence, foreign policy, and Ugandan police. Lukwago graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and worked on his college newspaper.