Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni led a march in Kampala on Wednesday, bringing together thousands of government officials, police and pro-government supporters to denounce corruption, which has earned him harsh criticism from critics.
The Ugandan capital had been placed under close surveillance, with soldiers closely following dignitaries on the march, including the presidents of Parliament and the Supreme Court. The businesses were closed and the closing of the roads caused major traffic jams.
« Corrupt people are parasites, » Museveni told the crowd after the march, saying corruption was a « spiritual problem. »
The march sparked many mockery as critics pointed out that several corruption scandals have marked the Museveni presidency.
« When the president of a country decides to march against corruption rather than take action, this country is lost, » said Joseph Sabiti AFP, a spokesman for Action Aid Uganda and anti-corruption activist . « We make fun of Ugandans, » he accused.