Anti-corruption government agencies have detailed strides made in
the fight against corruption and measures taken to curb the vice.
During a conference to mark International Anti-corruption day in Kampala, the
agencies outlined their achievements and progress in fighting corruption.
The conference was held under the theme “Promoting social accountability
through active citizenry.”
Present to take stock of the achievements in the collective fight against
corruption was the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Deputy Inspector
general of government, the Executive Director of the PPDA and the Deputy
Executive Director of the Financial Intelligence Authority.
The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution says it has endeavored to
involve the citizens in the fight against corruption by setting up a complaints
desk managed at a very senior level by a Principal senior assistant DPP.
Jane Frances Abodo the Director of Public Prosecutions says the desk receives
all complaints especially from the field regarding the conduct of state attorneys.
She says the directorate has set up a victim and witness protection department
which is vital in the absence of a witness protection law.
Abodo says most corrupt officials are very connected so there is a need to
protect witnesses since no case can be successfully prosecuted without witnesses.
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The DPP reveals her office has institutionalized the administrative sanctions
and enforcement unit to ensure that those being convicted are not in office for
the next ten years.
She realized that this office has been critical in following up to make sure
those who are being investigated are interdicted and then dismissed if found
guilty. She notes that these sanctions were being flouted.
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In the last two years, Abodo says that the Directorate has
maintained a conviction rate of 72% from over 128 cases at the Anti-Corruption
Lt. Col. Edit Nakalema the State House Anti-corruption unit head
says the call center at the unit that was set up in December 2018 has officers
from different regions that can interact with citizens in a language they
understated. She says they receive over 300 complaints.
The complaints received shared and solved are over 60,000 so far
and 185 public officers are in courts of law.
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She says the detectives attached to the unit have been given 2 -4 weeks to
conclude a case and this has been achieved.
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According to the Deputy Inspector General of government Mariam Wangadya, the
inspectorate has set up a directorate of special investigations to
expeditiously investigate organized, syndicated and high profile cases of
corruption over 1 Billion Shillings.
It has investigated 40 high profile cases and other 192 cases in ministries,
Departments and Agencies.
These Investigations led to the recovery of 10.8bn, prosecution of 94 persons
and administrative sanctions on 1285 government officers.
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The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets
Agency (PPDA) Benson Turamye says the PPDA has handled administrative reviews
where the bidders may feel that the procurement process has not been fair.
He notes that for the last two years the PPDA handled 103 cases and
irregularities were found in 37 cases.
A big stride the PPDA is making he adds is developing the electronic government
procurement system to reduce human interaction between bidders and government
The system is being piloted in 12 high spend government agencies and is set to
be rolled out to 300 government entities in two years.