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Legislators Speak Tough on Corruption

In his response, the Lwemiyaga county MP, Theodore Ssekikuubo said that the various entities set up by the government to fight corruption are counterproductive.
Akello Rose Lilly, the Minister of State for Ethics.

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As the country prepares to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day on Thursday this week, legislators have proposed different measures to help fight graft.   

The MPs took to the floor of parliament one after another on Tuesday to present their views about the vice following a statement by the Minister of State for Ethics, Rose Lilly Akello on the fight against corruption.

In her statement, the minister appealed to all Ugandans to join the government in the fight against corruption. 

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In his response, the Lwemiyaga county MP, Theodore Ssekikuubo said that the various entities set up by the government to fight corruption are counterproductive. 

He asked the government to facilitate and increase the salaries of prosecutors, state attorneys and police who are involved in prosecuting and investigating graft cases. 

 

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Pakwach Woman MP, Jane Pacuto Avur tasked the government to review its approach from audited books of account to service delivery. 

She also asked the Auditor General's office and other Anti-Corruption Agencies to audit the lifestyle of government officials.

Avur questioned how a public officer earning Shillings 200,000 is able to send their child to an international school in New Delhi.

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Luttamaguzi Ssemakula, the Nakaseke MP, said that the government is the major cause of the rampant corruption cases because it has not taken any serious steps to bring the corrupt to book.

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The Leader of the opposition, Mathias Mpuuga noted that many reports have been made by different accountability committees of parliament and passed by parliament but their recommendations are never implemented by the government. 

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Kanyum County MP, Simon Peter Opolot noted that in the new approach of fighting corruption, the IGG should start announcing in advance areas where her office is going to do investigations and then the owners of the property in that region produce ownership details.

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The MPs collectively asked for an increase in the budget of the Anti-Corruption Agencies to facilitate their fight against corruption in the country.

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