Col. Katabazi Rallies Youth to Fight Corruption Impending PDM Program

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In a bid to combat corruption and ensure the successful implementation of the Parish Development Model (PDM), Col. Emmy Katabazi, the Deputy Director General of the Internal Security Organization (ISO), has called upon the youth to report any suspicious activities by local officials. He addressed hundreds of student leaders during the Wakiso District Student Leaders’ Conference held yesterday at the Wakiso Secondary Teachers’ Association Grounds.

The conference, organized by the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA), focused on the theme “Build to last; the next generation of ethical leaders.” Col. Katabazi utilized this platform to empower the youth and encourage them to play an active role in the fight against corruption.

During his address, Col. Katabazi emphasized the importance of the PDM program and the need for its success as a means to combat poverty. The government has allocated a significant budget of one hundred million shillings per parish, aiming to uplift the living standards of local communities. However, he expressed concern about the alleged misconduct of some parish chiefs who engage in bribery and siphon funds meant for development.

“Government is giving one hundred million shillings per parish, but these parish chiefs are busy getting bribes and cutting money from your parents. People who should be receiving 1 million shillings are ending up with less. We urge you to report any officials defrauding your parents,” said Col. Katabazi.

He further asserted that every leader, including the youth, bears a responsibility to ensure the success of the PDM program. By reporting corrupt practices and actively participating in the initiative, the younger generation can contribute significantly to eradicating poverty and fostering development.

In addition to addressing corruption concerns, Col. Katabazi advised student leaders to mobilize their peers and promote the ideologies of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government. He stressed the importance of unity and collaboration in achieving the liberation of Uganda and Africa as a whole.

Col. Katabazi’s call to action comes in the wake of recent arrests by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, ISO, and police detectives. A number of local officials have been apprehended on suspicion of extorting money from residents to exploit the Parish Development Model (PDM) for personal gain. These measures demonstrate the government’s commitment to maintaining transparency and accountability throughout the implementation of crucial programs.

As the youth respond to Col. Katabazi’s rallying cry, there is hope for a generation of ethical leaders committed to combating corruption and building a prosperous future for Uganda.

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