The regional office of the Inspectorate of Government in Gulu is
struggling to investigate corruption cases in the Acholi sub-region due to
Geoffrey Matovu, the IGG Gulu Regional Inspectorate Officer says currently,
they have over 300 case files of corruption at the office but only have five
investigators attached to the sub-region.
He says that having inadequate investigators makes it impossible
to execute the task in time and effectively.
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According to Matovu, his office investigates and prosecutes a minimum of 140
corruption cases every year ranging from embezzlement, abuse of office to
shoddy works, harassment by public servants, among others, but that they would
have done much more if they had adequate staff.
He adds that the failure by the members of the public to report,
testify and provide evidence of corruption cases, has made it very hard to curb
down the rampant corruption in the region despite the existence of the Whistle-blower
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Samuel Oduny, the Gulu City Councilor representing Older Persons
however criticized the IGG for failing to tackle corruption. Oduny says that there
are many public offices whose officers demand bribes from the public in
exchange for the services.
He cited the National Identification Registration Authority –NIRA
office in Gulu, Gulu Central Police Station and other police posts.
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Haruna Serunkuma, a Senior Auditor at the Office of the Auditor-General
appealed to the government to recruit and fill up all the vacancies in the
local government and other government agencies in a bid to improve service
Serunkuma also added that the lower local leaders should be adequately financed
to be able to fulfil their supervisory roles on government projects to curb