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IGG: Cartels Behind Uganda’s Top Corruption Scandals

Speaker Kadaga(R) interacts with the Deputy IGG before the start of the meeting

Speaker Kadaga(R) interacts with the Deputy IGG before the start of the meeting/Parliament Photo

The Inspectorate of Government has acknowledged facing complexities in tracing corruption which it says is conducted by cartels in and out of the country.

This was revealed by George Bamugemereire, the Deputy Inspector General of Government while tabling IGG’s  report for the financial year 2019/2020 before the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

The IGG  highlighted 9 major areas of concern that need to be addressed to improve service delivery to the country.

During the reporting period,  the inspectorate received 1,707 corruption complaints and completed investigations into 1,153 cases of which 18 were high profile government officials in Uganda Police, Rural Electrification agency, Ministry of works, agriculture and government analytical laboratory among others

 Bamugemereire told the Speaker that  during the period they have been able to recover over Shs1.1bn and this money has already been deposited on their assets recovery account.

He also said that they have been able to confiscate properties worth Shs5.3bn while property valued at Shs4.7bn has been restrained while other 12 properties are yet to be valued.

Bamugemereire further called for the amendment of the leadership code to include the component of conduct of leaders so as to effect its mandate and further consider eliminating the three leadership positions at the inspectorate among others.

Introduced in 1992, the Leadership Code Act last amended in 2017 by parliament sets limits on the financial behavior of public servants, require leaders to declare their incomes, assets and liabilities and put in place enforcement mechanism and other matters.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that she would task the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to fast track the Leadership Code (Amendment) Bill so that it is passed by the end of February.

Jacob Oboth, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee Chairperson said that his committee has also received a letter from the Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo and that they would be able to fast track the Bill.

Kadaga also asked the inspectorate to investigate the issue of crypto currency.

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