Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Uganda: IGG Welcomes Planned Investigation By State House Over Corruption

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The Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja has welcomed the planned investigations by the State House anticorruption unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema and vowed to arrest and prosecute any staff who will be implicated in the report.

Ms. Mulyagonja told Daily Monitor on Friday that her office is anxiously waiting for the outcome of State House investigation to take action on the culprits and clarified that her office normally prosecutes errant staff and doesn’t condone corruption.

The IGG comments came after a group of unidentified IGG staff members petitioned the statehouse anticorruption unit to investigate corruption claims at IGG. In their petition dated Match and received on March 20, the whistleblowers cited a raft of irregularities ranging from illegal recruitments, failure to confirm existing acting staff to their positions to outright corruption, noting that “the environment here at the Inspectorate of Government prohibits any staff from addressing their grievances with the system.” But Justice Mulyagonja defended the inspectorate from accusations of conspiracy and welcomed Lt Col Edith Nakalema investigations.

“The statehouse can investigate the allegations and we welcome that. We always internally do such investigations against our own and if we find them culpable, we prosecute them. So we are waiting for their investigations and we shall be glad to find out if our staff are receiving bribes or not and if so, we shall make sure they face the law,” Justice Mulyagonja said.

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On the issue of failure to confirm the acting officers who have served for about three years and alleged illegal recruitments, she said there are procedures to follow, which the management has communicated to the concerned officers.

“The whistleblower who appears to be a staff should know it better that there are procedures to follow in recruitment, appointments, and confirmation. We cannot go against the procedures,” Justice Mulyagonja said.

Lt Col Nakalema, the head of the statehouse anticorruption unit to could not be reached for clarification on whether they are investigating the IGG or not. An official at the unit who didn’t want to identify himself acknowledged receiving the petition but said he wasn’t the right person to offer an explanation. “Please give us your details and the right person will get back to you with the right information,” the official said.

Mr. Don Wanyama, the president’s press secretary promised to find out the status of the investigations, but by the time of going to press, he had not yet communicated how far the unit had gone with the investigations.

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