By George Businge
In a bid to rebuild a culture of ethical conduct and integrity in all institutions, government has embarked on sensitizing Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom officials on the National Values Policy 2013. The policy which is a brainstorm of the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity was launched by president Museveni in 2013.
Bunyoro is particularly impotant to government because it is home to 6.5 billion barrels of crude oil waiting for extraction. The government of Uganda and most particularly President Yoweri Museveni has hinged the country’s economic future on money from oil and gas.
This therefore makes sense when government sensitizes the kingdom officials on integrity, accountability and governance. Bunyoro as a kingdom will play a significant role in ensuring oil and gas are harvested in a proper maner including ensuring political and civic peace.
Addressing Bunyoro kingdom officials during a meeting held at Rukurato hall in Hoima town, the principal ethics officer from State House, Kenneth Kanta says the policy will help coordinate national efforts against corruption and empower Ugandan society to uphold moral values and principles.
Kanta also urged the Kingdom officials to set standards for rebuilding and promoting ethics and integrity in society. Meanwhile, the Kingdom Prime Minister Norman Lukumu welcomed the initiative saying it comes at a time when Bunyoro is working towards restoring its lost glory since the region was known for having people of integrity.
This comes at a time when Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is marred by controversy among a section of its ministers which has irked the subjects. Last month, the former King’s PPS Jonan Atuhuura was sacked and days after arrested for abuse of office, forgery and false utterance of documents with intent to defraud the kingdom.