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IGG: Law To Attach Assets Of Corrupt Officials In Offing

Justice Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza, the Inspector General of Government said that there is a plan to amend the Anti Corruption Act to introduce stringent measures, which will allow for the attachment of assets belonging to individuals who may be found guilty of causing loss of public funds through procurement corruption.

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A law that will enable government to attach the assets and recover stolen money from officials interdicted of corrupt offenses is in the offing, according to the Inspectorate of government.

Justice Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza, the Inspector General of Government said on Thursday that there is a plan to amend the Anti-Corruption Act to introduce stringent measures, which will allow for the attachment of assets belonging to individuals who may be found guilty of causing loss of public funds through procurement corruption.

 She said the current law only provides for confiscation of the property making it difficult to recover money stolen by government officials. Kakooza cited the case of Godfrey Kazinda, the principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister who was recently accused of fraud.

 She disclosed the Inspectorate failed to attach some of the houses that were claimed to belong to Kazinda because proper records indicating that the property was his could not be found. She said the new law would also make it a requirement to keep proper registry of property and assets of all government employees in order to be able to keep track of proceeds from corruption.

 She also observed that the most corrupt category of people in the country is the civil servants especially the accounting officers. Referring to them as the ‘big fish’ Kakooza said that the recent scandals of embezzling public funds make it clear that the accounting officers were most corrupt.

She particularly named the arrests on Wednesday of officials in the ministry of Public service and the recent scandal involving the principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister as testimony to the fact.

 

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The IGG however said the evidence does not entirely exonerate political leaders who she accused of peddling influence over the accounting officers to embezzle public funds. She said official statistics indicate that Uganda loses 30 billion shillings yearly to procurement corruption.

The Inspectorate of Government was initially established by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) statute in 1988 as an independent institution to eliminate corruption and abuse of authority.

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