In Uganda, high-level corruption gets most of the headlines, but the protection of the corrupt from investigation and prosecution by high-level politicians is what bothers the Inspector General of Government.
In a revealing interview with The Observer, IGG Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza provides a rare look inside her work, priorities and challenges. Mulyagonja says political interference from ‘godfathers’ and ‘godmothers’ of the corrupt is the biggest challenge to her work.
“In our system of doing things, say in local government and central government, people tend to have godfathers and godmothers,” she said.
“So, when you touch a person in public service for wrongdoing, many times there will be someone who will come and say: ‘Why are you doing this? This person has been helping us.‘ Sometimes it is even said that they are being witch-hunted. Others will say that complaint was brought because this person is DP and the other people are NRM.”
She revealed that many public servants, especially those facing corruption-related charges, under-declared their assets while trying to fulfill requirements of the Leadership Code Act.
“Of late there have been no finds of people under- declaring their assets except of course in the obvious cases of people who have been prosecuted in the case of OPM and public service. There are some declarations which I won’t disclose that are glaring and we are trying to verify those people’s assets ever since news broke revealing their shocking wealth,” she said.
Mulyagonja also revealed that the inspectorate was not well-constituted despite the fact that a new deputy was approved by parliament recently.
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