The Ethics and Integrity Minister, Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo has defended the decision by President, Yoweri Museveni to create separate teams to handle corruption cases in the country.
During the State of the Nation Address in June this year, president, Museveni named a team of comprising James Tweheyo, Martha Asiimwe and Sister Akiror that will handle corruption complaints under his office.
Museveni noted that he had decided to set up the unit following numerous complaints against the Inspectorate of Government for failing to fight corruption. In his four hour long nation address at State House in Entebbe on Sunday last week,
Museveni said corruption has remained one of the major challenges to his government. He noted that the vice has persisted because those who aid and practice it are not exposed. As part of his efforts to fight the vice, he announced a toll free number 0800-100770 in his office and asked Ugandans to volunteer information on corruption.
He also gave out the number of his aide, Major Edith Nakalema to respond to the complaints. The president's decision to appoint several units has since drawn complaints from civil society activists, saying it will weaken the Inspectorate of Government, which is mandated to handle corruption.
However, the Ethics and Integrity Minister, Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo, says there is no need to worry, saying the new unit will only complement the work of the Inspectorate of Government. He explains that the unit will receive and forward complaints to the IG for proper investigations.
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He was speaking to URN in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Joint Extractive Industry Stakeholder's engagement workshop at Serena Hotel in Kampala organised by the Inspectorate of Government, Office of the Auditor General and Public Procurement and Public Assets Disposal Authority on Wednesday.
The Deputy Inspector General of Government, George Bamugemereire, says they have been reflecting on how to address the president's dissatisfaction with their work following his pronouncements.
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Bamugemereire says the IG is mapping out viable opportunities to improve its work.