Within the land of world runners, the marathon was hosted. Kapchorwa ,a place gifted with long distance runners like no other on this planet with world record breaking names like Joshua Cheptegie and Olympic gold medalist Peruth Chemutai who of course graced the occasion and took the responsibility to flag off 8km and 15km runners respectfully.
With a community based activity which was running different races in different categories of age, the event kicked off in such moods of ecstasy as running kits labeled with messages that called for an end to corruption and also declaring support and solidarity for the cause.
Shortly after came speeches from the main stakeholders including civil society, government and interaction from the ‘wannaichi’. As the LC(V) of Kapochorwa spoke, she emphasized the need of the people to desist from giving bribes despite the circumstances. As well emphasizing that most individuals give bribes not necessarily because a bribe has been asked for but because those individuals are used to giving bribes.
With no much difference, representatives from civil society organizations emphasized the fact that there’s need for much more to be done especially from the government. They were thankful for the cooperation they receive from government especially the office of the Inspector General of Government
Shortly after were interactions from the public were a number of issues regarding corruption were raised. Among which were corrupt local leaders who have done little or nothing regarding their duties.
The burden of response all finally was on the Inspector General of Government who graced the occasion as the chief guest. In her speech., Hon. Betty Kamya emphasized the fact that the burden of proof in corruption cases is so high since the prosecution is tasked with getting concrete evidence against the accused or if not, the accused is acquitted even when he/she is ‘guilty’. And in responding to this by herself, the IGG (Inspector General of Government) noted that the government is preparing a law where the accused will have to prove his/her innocence to reduce the burden of proof which initially solely relied upon the prosecution. In addition, she promised a sooner return to Sebei region specifically to appropriately handle issues of corruption as so raised by the people and leaders of the area.
The event was colorfully climaxed and closed with award of cash prizes for winners and runners up in the respective categories of races as so had happened early morning.
Written by: BARYAMUJURA MAHAD, Passionate writer and public speaker