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Kyambogo University: IGG Withdraws from Investigations

According to Munira it would be a waste of government resources for both institutions funded by tax payers to embark on the same investigations.
The Inspectorate of Government has withdrawn from the investigations into the affairs of Kyambogo University, Uganda Radio Network has learnt. Munira Ali, the spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government says that the Inspectorate pulled out after police joined investigations at the university. According to Munira it would be a waste of government resources for both institutions funded by tax payers to embark on the same investigations.

 

She also says that the independence of the Inspectorate would come into question if it continues with the joint investigations because it would be forced to share notes with police before writing its final report. The Inspectorate of Government Act 2002 mandates the Inspectorate of Government powers to carry out its functions independently, without being subjected to any direction or control of any authority. But the act says that the Inspectorate shall be responsible to the parliament of Uganda.

Late last month, the Inspectorate of Government launched investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement made by the staff of Kyambogo University against their vice chancellor professor Isaiah Omolo Ndiege. It came after members of the Kyambogo Senior Staff Association laid down their tools demanding the resignation of Ndiege for alleged mismanagement of the institution. However, days after police also joined the same investigating citing security reason claiming that some of the lecturers had raised concerns about their safety.

 

The withdrawal of the Inspectorate of Government from the Investigations has not gone down well with members of Kyambogo University Senior Staff Association. Jackson Betihama, the chairman ofKyambogo University Senior Staff Association says that the withdrawal of the Inspectorate of Government would affect the quality of investigations into the affairs of the university. He says that the office of the IGG is more reliable because of its independence. Vincent Ssekate, the deputy police spokesperson declined to comment saying that he was not aware of the withdrawal of the IGG from the investigations.

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