But Joyce Bagala Ntwatwa, the Mityana District Woman Representative and Shadow Minister for Information and Anti-Corruption is dismayed that what the Inspectorate has presented “is a very minute fraction of monies recoverable.”
The Shadow Cabinet has described
the Bi-Annual Performance Reports by the Inspectorate of
Government– IG to Parliament as ‘abysmal’ and disproportionate compared to the funding appropriated
to it by Parliament. This comes a few days after the IGG, Beti Kamya Turwomwe submitted a 74-page performance report to the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, covering the
period between January-June 2022, July-December 2022, and January-June 2023 highlighting
key milestones achieved.
revealed a decline in the conviction of corrupt officials from 53 percent to
40 percent during the period under review. A total of Shillings 7.99 billion Shillings
was recovered from 3,504 corruption complaints registered between January 2022 and
June 2023. In the
same period, 43 convictions were made out of the 92 prosecutions concluded.
Inspectorate was able to order a refund of 38 billion Shillings from different
culprits, who have started paying back. But Joyce
Bagala Ntwatwa, the Mityana District Woman Representative and Shadow
Minister for Information and Anti-Corruption is dismayed that what the
Inspectorate has presented “is a very minute fraction of monies recoverable.”
argues that the Inspectorate, under the current budget for FY 2023/2024, was
allocated Shillings 86.470 billion Shillings to execute its mandate but the Inspectorate only managed to recover a paltry Shillings 7.9 billion. She argues that according to the 2021 Report of the Inspectorate on the Cost of
Corruption the country loses about Shillings 10 trillion, about 23% of the annual national budget every year to corruption,
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Kinwanuka, the Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs, also the Mukono North
Constituency legislator, blamed President Yoweri Museveni for lacking the political will
to fight rampant graft, which explains the failure of several
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legislators told journalists that the IGG had only investigated 1,528 (43.6%) complaints since
January 2022 out of the 3,504 corruption complaints it recorded while only 47%
of the cases were prosecuted and resulted in convictions. According to the IGG, the
conviction rate slightly declined from 53.3% in the period from July to December
2022 to 40% in the period January to June 2023 due to the out-of-court settlements
and emphasis on asset recovery.
However, the Shadow Cabinet observed
that whereas the Inspectorate recorded a slight increment in recovered funds in
January to June 2023 compared to the last half of 2022, there is a need to
publish lists of individuals and Ministries, Departments, and Agencies - MDAS, who have been convicted for corruption and the respective amounts of monies
recovered there from them.
They expressed concern that
whereas out-of-court settlements seek to increase stolen funds and asset
recovery, it is silent on the punitive measures instituted against such public
officers. They urged the Police
to interest themselves in corruption cases that are settled out of court
because this amounts to an admission of corruption, thus what can be settled
out of court is the amount of money to be recovered, but not criminal liability
under the Anti-Corruption Act and Penal Code Act.
Under Section 35 (b) of the Leadership Code Act, a leader who fails, without
reasonable cause, to submit a declaration shall be dismissed from or shall vacate
office. Notably, out of over
32,000 leaders meant to declare their assets in 2023 under the Leadership Code
Act, only 26,541 were declared.
Transparency International ranks Uganda 142 out
of 180 countries in the global corruption perception index. Comparatively, within the
East African Community, Uganda only surpasses the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC) at rank 166, and Burundi which ranks at 171 while Rwanda ranks 54,
Tanzania ranks 94, and Kenya ranks 123.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.