Through the Asset Recovery Unit of the Inspectorate, the state agency says it has commenced informal collaborations with the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Eastern Africa, regional Inspectorates of Government and other Anti-graft coalitions around the Continent and the world.
The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) has taken the battle to
recover multi-billion shillings’ assets lost through corruption to eight
eastern Africa countries.
Through the Asset Recovery Unit of the Inspectorate, the state agency says it
has commenced informal collaborations with the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency
Network for Eastern Africa, regional Inspectorates of Government and other
Anti-graft coalitions around the Continent and the world.
Former Inspector General of Government Justice Irene Mulyagonza says the inter-agency
collaboration is helping collect secret intelligence about assets acquired or
transferred suspiciously to the region.
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Uganda currently has no anti-corruption law for tracking down corrupt public
officials across the border once they have entered or transferred graft assets
across the border.
However, Justice Mulyagonza says armed with mutual legal assistance gathered
intelligence obtained through informal collaborations, the Inspectorate of
government then pursues legal means towards recovery of those assets and
prosecution of corruption suspects behind them.
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Eight Countries are already taking part in such anti-graft informal
intelligence gathering missions namely Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi,
Rwanda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan under a collaborative network known
as the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Eastern Africa (ARINEA).
Delegates of the Network and other regional Networks from Europe and America
are meeting in Kampala for the Annual General Meeting at the Commonwealth
Sarah Burungi, the President of ARINEA says their collaboration has led to
cooperation on more than 30 corruption cases in the Eastern Africa region
culminating into cross border recovery of millions of shillings in Kenya.
Justice Mulyagonza says riding on the goodwill of such networks should be complemented
with an enabling country civil and criminal laws for effective cross border
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According to Justice Mulyagonja, collaboration of the Network has led to
training of 20 staff in Forensic intelligence, Asset tracking and recovery
Father Simon Lokodo, Minister of State for Ethics & Integrity in the Office
of the President says the biggest challenge faced by the Inspectorate of
government is the absence of the law for cross border asset recovery in Uganda.
Father Lokodo says Cabinet recently passed the Zero Tolerance to Corruption
Policy due to be launched on December 04th this year and is working to expedite
the enactment of the law on Asset Recovery to confiscate and manage proceeds of
ill-gotten wealth in Uganda.
Chief Justice Bart Katurebe says the Inspectorate should use all instruments
available to it to recover stolen public wealth including legal and
Justice Katurebe said the fight against corruption should shift towards
prevention of corruption through mindset change and development of integrity in