Samuel Mbimbaza Hashaka, the Resident District Commissioner of Bukwo said that the biggest challenge they face is information flow which information flows through the office of the CAO and the officers don’t want to give the information to the RDCs.
Resident City Commissioners have blamed the increasing
corruption on the unwillingness by the chief administrative officers to fight
against the vice.
According to the RDCs, their efforts to fight the vice have
been frustrated by the CAOs who have failed to implement recommendations given
by various offices on technocrats who have been implicated in corruption
They also claimed some CAOs, being chief finance officers of
the districts connive with heads of departments in the districts, ministries,
agencies and departments to swindle public funds.
The RDCs raised the issues to the Minister of Presidency
Milly Babalanda and the state Minister for Economic Monitoring Peter Ogwang at
Wash and Wills Hotel during a two-day capacity building on economic monitoring
and service delivery.
Samuel Mbimbaza Hashaka, the Resident District Commissioner
of Bukwo said that the biggest challenge they face is information flow which
information flows through the office of the CAO and the officers don’t want to
give the information to the RDCs.
He said this has fueled corruption in districts accusing the
CAO for Bukwo district Swaib Balaba for being part of the corruption scandals
in the district who he said that he has refused to interdict officials who have
been implicated in corruption scandals within the district including the
district Education Officer whom the IGG recommended to be interdicted.
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Hashaka also said that the CAOs connive with officials in
the Central government especially in the ministry of finance, local government
and some agencies to fail implementation of projects such that money is
returned and they share it.
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Stanely Bayoole, the RDC Bulambuli said that there is a big
gap between the CAO’s office and that of the RDC which has made the fight
against the corruption hard and that some of them are not willing to discipline
the junior officers who implicated in corruption scandals.
He said that the CAOs ought to be taken for refresher courses
especially in patriotism such that they learn to love their country.
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Pamela Watuwa, the RDC Manafwa said that there is need for
the Ministry for presidency to hinge on a multi sectoral approach in addressing
the challenges that the RDCs face especially in the area of information sharing
which help them to monitor government projects.
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The RDCs complaints stemmed from the Minister Babalanda’s
complaint that the RDCs are among the people perpetuating corruption in their
Babalanda who is attending the meeting virtually said that
some of the RDCs have neglected their duties because they think that they were
appointed in the office as a political reward.
She said that reports by the
field monitoring team in the office of the president headed by the Minister
Peter Ogwang indicate that the RDCs have failed to monitor government projects
and instead connived with district officials to engage themselves in corruption
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.