According to the survey, at least 131 billion Shillings is lost through taxation, 459 billion Shilling lost in user fees utilities, another 820 billion Shillings lost in natural resources, and 15 billion Shillings lost in environmental degradation.
The Ugandan government loses 20 trillion Shillings every year through
corruption, according to a survey conducted by the Inspectorate of Government.
Inspector General of Government (IGG) Anne Muheirwe Twinomugisha, says that the Inspectorate, together with the German Society for International Co-operation -GIZ, conducted a survey in various government departments and discovered that Uganda loses money in almost each of the sectors of the economy.
According to the survey, at least 131 billion Shillings is lost through taxation, 459
billion Shilling lost in user fees utilities, another 820 billion Shillings lost in natural
resources, and 15 billion Shillings lost in environmental degradation. The survey also found that two billion Shillings is lost as a result of absenteeism
in government departments, 451 billion Shillings in health care and education services, 86 billion Shillings in security provision, 590 billion Shillings in
procurement and budgeting and 233
billion Shillings in regulation.
Twinomugisha was speaking during the Kigezi anti-corruption convention
organized by an anti-corrupting advocacy non-government organization
Corruption out of Uganda (KICK-U), at Chepha Inn Hotel in Kabale
district on Friday evening.
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Twinomugisha says that half of the lost money could have been saved if there were enough efforts
by all the responsible people including locals to whistleblow corrupt
government officials. She says that the findings of the survey were discussed during a cabinet meeting
last month to enable appropriate interventions to reverse the trend.
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Robert Kakuru Byamugisha, the Executive Director of KICK-U observes that corrupt leaders have mastered tricks
of evading the law while others connive with those who
are supposed to implicate them.
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Donatus Eguma, a
resident of the Southern Division in Kabale municipality instead blamed the inspectorate of Government and top
leaders for shielding corrupt government officials.
Eguma cited an example of President Yoweri Museveni warning a section of people including legislators
against attacking the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr Monica
Musenero who was accused of mismanaging COVID-19
funds. He says that such statements demoralize
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But in response, Twinomugisha said that in the 2020/2021 financial year, the Inspectorate managed to recover
2.2 billion Shillings that had been embezzled by government officials. She says that out
of this, 700 million Shillings was recovered through court orders.
Sam Agaba, head of the IG Kigezi Branch says that in the 2020/2021
financial year shillings 700 million were recovered from the Kigezi sub-region. Agaba however expressed a challenge of the funding
gap which he says is hindering their smooth work in Kigezi