By Our Correspondent
Kampala, Uganda | DAILYNEWS UG|
Lt.Col Edith Nakalema will be the new face of Uganda’s anti-corruption drive. President Yoweri Museveni on Monday confirmed she will head a new unit in his office dedicated to fighting corruption.
Museveni introduced Lt.Col Nakalema at Kololo where Uganda celebrated this year’s world anti-corruption day 2018.
The President admitted frustration at the pace of the fight against corruption, and said Nakalema will be the link between his office and institutions like the IGG’s office that are already in place.
Uganda’s public sector is one of the most corrupt in the world – the 151 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries -according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.
The “Corruption Rank” in Uganda averaged 113.86 from 1996 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 151 in 2016 and a record low of 43 in 1996.
At Kololo, Museveni announced toll free lines to fight corruption as 0800202500 , WhatsApp 0778202500and was particularly bitter with police – traffic officers who continue to take bribes, and those who arrest Ugandans for being idle and disorderly. He said the laws being applied by police are colonial.
Background and education: She was born in Kashaari Village, Mbarara District in the Western Region of Uganda, to Midrace Sserwadda, a housewife and Eiyasafu Sserwadda, an Anglican parish priest. She attained a bachelor’s degree from a Ugandan university. She joined the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), where she rose to the rank of Major, in the “Special Forces Command”, under the command of Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Career: Prior to her arrival at the Uganda State House, Nakalema had worked in the finance department of the Special Forces Command (SFC). She was part of a team that established a working financial and accounting system at the SFC. In 2014, she was appointed to be the personal private secretary (PPS) to the president of Uganda, on the recommendation of the SFC. In November 2016, her role was elevated to that of personal assistant to the president, specifically taking charge of the president’s daily itinerary. She was replaced as PPS, by Molly Kamukama, a civilian.
In June 2017, Nakalema was selected to attend senior military training in the United Kingdom. While there she also expects to study at King’s College London for her master’s degree.
In November 2017, the New Vision newspaper in Kampala, Uganda reported that Major Edith Nakalema was a student at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), in the United Kingdom. As part of the international day celebrations by students at the military college, Nakalema showcased Ugandan attire, cuisine (including food and fruits) and cultural dances. The showcase, attended by staff from Uganda’s high commission in London, impressed Air Vice Marshal Chris Luck, the commander of the military school.
To celebrate her graduation from the Joint Services and Command Staff College at the United Kingdom Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Major Nakalema hosted her classmates, instructors, other college staff and their families to a luncheon, attended by over 100 people from 15 different countries.
Promotion and re-assignment: In December 2018, Nakalema was introduced at a public function as a Lieutenant Colonel, who is the head of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Unit, based at State House, in Entebbe.