Bamugemereire says that 50 per cent of the complaints recorded by the Inspectorate of Government are matters concerning irregularities in recruitment for jobs and failure to pay pension and salaries, among others, which can be handled at the local level.
Deputy IGG George Banugemereire
has called for local complaint handling mechanisms at the various levels of
government’ as a measure to curb corruption. He says that creating more institutions does
not affect the fight against corruption but boosts the campaign to eradicate
Bamugemereire says that 50 per cent
of the complaints recorded by the Inspectorate of Government are matters
concerning irregularities in recruitment for jobs and failure to pay pension
and salaries, among others, which can be handled at the local level.
This was in response to
questions on the role of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by Lt Col
Edith Nakalema, its approach towards uprooting corrupt officials from government
institutions, and the threat it presents to institutions like the IG. Several people
have previously asked the government to stop creating parallel anti-corruption
institutions that weaken existing ones.
The matter came up during a Press
conference organized by the National Debate council, Parliament, and the Office
of the President and IGG as one of the activities to mark the anti-corruption
week. He said that if districts have places where people can lodge complaints,
a number of cases will be tamed since whistleblowers do not have to wait to
file complaints with the IG.
He says this will allow the IGG
to focus on handling other big cases as currently the cases they have can be
handled at the local level.
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Bamugemereire also called on
Ugandan irrespective of Political affiliation to participate in the corruption
walk slated for Wednesday saying this should show Uganda’s stand on
Meanwhile, the National Schools
Debate Council are preparing to hold the 10th national school's debate
championship with the aim of sensitizing young people on the effects of
corruption. The Executive Director, National Debate Council Dunstan Kakaire
says that this year’s debate is aimed at engaging young people in schools to understand the extent of corruption and challenge them to play their
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Ranny Ismail, the Assistant
Director Communications and Cooperate Affairs says nine of the winners in the
corruption debate in schools will all be given half a million Shillings by
Parliament and a pair of shoes each from Bravo shoes.