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IGG Expands Anti-Graft Asset Recovery to 8 Regional 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.
Chief Justice Bart Katurebe Handing Over A Copy of Mutual Legal Assistance Practice Guideline To Sarah Birungi, the President of ARINEA gd

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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 Resort Munyonyo. 

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 asset recovery.       

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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 among others.       

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 collaborative measures.  

Justice Katurebe said the fight against corruption should shift towards prevention of corruption through mindset change and development of integrity in school children.