Kamya said that the Ministry of Finance did not allocate, and parliament did not appropriate funds for the core business of the Inspectorate that entails investigation, prosecution, recovery of assets and education, leaving the responsibility to donors, She added that due to the standoff between the Executive and Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), all foreign funders have since suspended funding for Inspectorate of Government.
The Inspector-General of Government (IGG), Beti Olive Kamya
has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament to create a select committee that can
urgently consider a backlog of ombudsman reports that have not been scrutinized
by the House.
Kamya, together with her deputies; Anne Twinomugisha
Muhairwe and Patricia Achan Okiria paid a courtesy call to the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah on Monday. Kamya said that the
reporting role of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) is
currently limited to the mandatory reports, which are hardly discussed
“A glaring example is the budget of the IG. The IG is well
staffed with directors, managers, supervisors, investigators, prosecutors,
vehicles, drivers, equipment plus other administrative and support machinery to
effectively fight the war on corruption. The staff are paid salaries, but they
are not given operating funds so the output is very low,” Kamya said.
Kamya said that the Ministry of Finance did not allocate, and
parliament did not appropriate funds for the core business of the Inspectorate that
entails investigation, prosecution, recovery of assets and education, leaving
the responsibility to donors, She added that due to the standoff between the
Executive and Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), all foreign funders have
since suspended funding for Inspectorate of Government.
The inspectorate received an allocation of 53.4 billion Shillings for the current financial
year 2021/2022. Of this, 33.68 billion Shillings is for staff costs, 2.33 billion Shillings for office operational costs, 4.1 billion
Shillings for fixed costs, and 13.29 billion Shillings for the new office building.
“This state of affairs has been reported to parliament every six months in the past four years. But the reports have not been discussed, issues
not addressed and so corruption and maladministration grow by the year,” Kamya added.
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Studies by most anti-corruption agencies like the World
Governance Index, Africa Governance Index, United States Think Tank for Peace,
Transparency International, Corruption Perception Index, Afro-barometer, Global
Anti-corruption Efforts and others have consistently listed Uganda among
countries with the highest levels of corruption in the world.
In line with this, Kamya says that
Uganda scores miserably in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) and the
country also losses trillions of Shillings annually to corruption in different sectors like
Taxation, Natural Resources, Health Care, Procurement and budgeting, Security
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The IGG says that in their new strategy, they intend to
focus more on the prevention-than-cure strategy and co-opt all Ugandans into
the war against corruption.
Ahead of the 9th December Anti-Corruption Day,
Kamya appealed to the Speaker to set aside Tuesday, November 30, for a debate to commemorate the day by debating the cost of corruption
in parliament and call upon all Ugandans to recognize and fight it.
“During the debate, kindly urge the MPs to step up their
oversight role as members of their respective District Infrastructure
Committees where a lot of money is said to be lost in overpriced, poor roads
through flawed procurement processes,” she appealed.
In response, Speaker Oulanyah said that he would give a
clear timeline to the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for consideration
of the IG reports. He disagreed with a proposal to
create a Select Committee since it is the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Committee that has the mandate under the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure to handle
matters concerning the Inspectorate.
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Oulanyah also tasked the IG to put faces and names in the fight
against corruption and not dwell on statistics.