A community Baraza brings together the District Technical Officers led by the Chief Administrative Officer supported by the heads of departments to present the implementation status of government and Non-Government Organizations programs to the citizens and representatives from the office of the Prime Minister.
Lira district leaders have asked the central government to consider implementing community Baraza and public accountability forums as a way of fighting corruption.
A community Baraza brings together the District Technical Officers led
by the Chief Administrative Officer supported by the heads of
departments to present the implementation status of government and
Non-Government Organizations programs to the citizens and
representatives from the office of the Prime Minister.
The citizens are given time to supplement, seek clarification
and make recommendations, then the Chief Administrative Officer and the heads of departments respond to the questions raised. But Sam Atul, the Lira City Mayor is wondering why the government is not implementing the community Baraza programs in the region.
He was speaking during a meeting with the Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Lilly Rose Akello, which was led last evening in Lira. The Minister is currently traversing the country on familiarization
visits which are also being used to promote the Zero Tolerance to corruption
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Jackson Kimali, the officer in charge of the inspectorate of Government's office in Lira says that Barazas encourage integrity and transparency among districts officials and this, he says saves government resources.
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In her address, Lilly Rose Akello, the
State Minister for Ethics and Integrity acknowledged the importance of
Barazas and promised to front the idea for consideration. According to her, the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility right from the household level. She also encouraged leaders occupying public offices to embrace the declaration of assets.
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Meanwhile Haji Bakale Sadik, the Lira Resident
District Commissioner blamed the high incidences of corruption on weak laws and says Uganda need to emulate the Arab world and parts of the middle east where intolerable actions are met with stringent penalties. He suggests amputation and death by hangings as possible penalties that would deter
others from doing the same.
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However, Alex Obwangamoi Okello, the
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity ruled out
the possibilities of having such laws in Uganda saying the country
should focus more on implementing the current laws.