We have found a lot of corruption that is practiced is opportunistic.
The Deputy IGG, George Bamugemereire showing some of Tue partners in the anti corruption fight at Madibira primary school grounds in Busia on Wednesday
The biggest form of corruption in Uganda is opportunistic, the Deputy Inspector General of Government, George Bamugemereire has revealed. According to Bamugemereire, those stealing public resources take advantage of limited or no supervision to siphon public resources.
"Most of these people we have realized know that no body is looking to steal public resources," he explained. He explains that its for this reason that the Inspectorate of Government has come up with five strategic intervention to combat corruption in the country.
These include among others improving capacity to detect, investigate and effect recovery. The others are leveraging the role of the Omdusman function, setting up local mechanisms of handling small complaints to allow the Inspectorate to focus of high impact cases, automation, organisational development and building strategic partnership with other anti corruption agencies.
"We believe once this is done we shall be able to effect our role effectively," he argued. According to Bamugemereire under the new partnership each anti corruption agency such as the Office of the Auditor General, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority and Police, will be left t handle what they do best and let the Inspectorate to concentrate on Investigations," he said.
"Where we have audit issues we shall let the Auditor General to handle the matters we shall not spend our time learning to audit yet the Auditor General has the specific skills require,"he added. Bamugemereire was speaking during a boardroom session with Busia district local government officials at the district council hall on Wednesday.
He told the officials that they receive a a lot of minor complaints such as cases of nepotism, absenteeism, lack of medicines and deletion from the payroll that cost the huge sums of money to investigate. " If there is a small matter please handle its expeditiously. It shouldn't come to us at the Inspectorate," he said. Speaking at the same meeting some of the local officials complained about conflicting laws.
Patrick Wakooli, the Busia Chief Finance Officer noted that that some provisions in the PPDA amended law contradict the Public Financial Management act 2015. While the act says supplementary budgets should be presented by the minister to Parliament for approval, the local government act says it has to be approved by the district council.
He called for clarifications on some of these laws saying they put the officers at risk.