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MPs Shun Anticorruption Meeting Convened by IGG

Due to the poor turn up, organizers of the meeting asked those present to take a break and later attend to other business. The meeting which was scheduled to last the whole day was called off at 10:45am.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga together with IGG Irene Mulyagonja after opening the flopped dialogue.

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A dialogue organized by the Inspectorate of Government (IG) for parliament accountability committees today flopped after legislators failed to turn up.

The dialogue, organized under the theme; Syndicated Action against Syndicated Corruption for Improved Service Delivery, was scheduled to start at 8 am at Kabira Country Club, Bukoto-Kampala. The At least 107 members from three accountability committees were expected in attendance.

It targeted the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which has 37 members, the Local Government Accounts committee (LGAC) with 35 members and the Committee on Commissions, State Authorities and Statutory Enterprises (COSASE) which has a total of 35 members.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga opened the meeting early today. However, only Mbarara Municipality MP Michael Tusiime was in attendance at the time. Also present was Deputy Inspector General of Government George Bamugemereire, staff of the office of the IG and journalists.

These were later joined by MPs Anita Among, Julie Mukoda, Esther Anyakun, Hood Katuramu Kiribedda, Vincent Wobwoya, Fred Turyamuhweza, Francis Takirwa, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa and Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo.  In total the dialogue had nine members of parliament in attendance.

Due to the poor turn up, organizers of the meeting asked those present to take a break and later attend to other business. The meeting which was scheduled to last the whole day was called off at 10:45am.

MP Anita Among defended other MPs who did not show up saying they were held by other engagements.

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Rujumbura County Mp Fred Turyamuhweza explained that the members were invited at short notice.

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The meeting was financed through Strengthening Uganda's Anti-Corruption and Accountability Regime – SUGAR, an initiative started by development partners to support central government accountability institutions to improve coordination across the anti-corruption and accountability sector.