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Parliament to Create Special Committee to Handle Inspectorate of Gov't Reports

In his report, Bamugemereire said that one of the constraints and challenges facing the IG is the non-implementation of their recommendations by government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Governments.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga with officials from the Inspectorate of Government (IG).

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has revealed plans of creating a new Committee that will handle the Inspectorate of Government- IG reports.

The Inspectorate of Government is an independent institution charged with the responsibility of eliminating corruption, abuse of authority and public office. The Inspectorate is established under Chapter 13 of the Constitution and the IG Act to among others investigate or cause to investigate, arrest or cause to arrest, prosecute, make orders and give direction during investigations and others.

During a meeting with officials from the Inspectorate of Government led by Deputy Inspector General of Government- IGG George Bamugemereire and Second deputy IGG Mariam Wangadya, the Speaker revealed a plan to create a special committee to handle reports and recommendations of the IG. 

The team had appeared to present their Bi-annual performance report to Parliament for the period between January and June 2020. 

In his report, Bamugemereire said that one of the constraints and challenges facing the IG is the non-implementation of their recommendations by government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) as well as Local Governments. 

“Upon completion of investigations, there have been instances where the recommendations made by the IG have not been implemented. When recommendations such as civil or administrative sanctions of various officials are not implemented promptly, the matters remain unresolved,” said Bamugemereire. 

In response, Kadaga regretted that the available committees in Parliament have not been able to discuss the previous IG reports revealing that she would ensure the creation of a special committee dealing with the Inspectorate of Government report. 

Parliament currently has a total of 29 Standing (13) and Sectoral Committees (16) and the move to create a new committee will bring the total number to 30. However, this will not be the first committee to be created to handle a specific issue since Parliament in the past created the Committee on HIV/Aids and related matters, the Committee on Human Rights and the Committee on Climate Change. 

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Meanwhile, some of the other challenges faced by the IG mentioned by Bamugemereire are the poor methods of storage and retrieval of records and sharing in public offices which are said poses a great difficulty for the IG to collect credible information from the public officers or offices.

“The absence of proper records has continuously created a bottleneck for investigations,” he said.

The Deputy IGG also petitioned parliament for more support towards their budget so that they find a home in each of the regions where they operate.

According to Bamugemereire, most of the IG activities involve travel to collect information and carry out prosecutions and that as a result, the IG is directly affected by increasing cost of fuel, lubricants, Oils and vehicle maintenance.

“Also the IG operates in rented office premises for both its Head office and the 16 Regional Offices which impacts on the operational costs,” said Bamugemereire.

The Budget for the IG has doubled from 28 billion Shillings in 2012 to 53 billion in 2020. Bamugemereire says that this has enabled them to commence the construction of the IG Head Office but more funding is needed. 

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