Deputy Igg Asks Local Leaders To Resolve Petty Scandals Locally

Deputy igg asks local leaders to resolve petty scandals locally
Appeared on: 06 Sep 2018

The Deputy Inspector General of Government, Mr. George Bamugemereire has asked leaders at the local government level to resolve corruption scandals locally because the Inspectorate of Government (IG) has a lot of bigger issues to investigate.

Bamugemereire was speaking during the launch of the updated and self-registration modules of IG Online Declaration System (IG-ODS) to local leaders in Gulu district at the District Council Hall on Thursday, 6 September.

Bamugemereire argued that the IG receives very many complaints from within local governments that leaders can resolve without necessarily seeking the IGG's intervention.

“We have people who are not happy with recruitment, promotions, salaries, pensions and many others but we advise the ministry departments to ensure they address complaints locally. If the districts do not address problems within, the citizens run to the IGG and some of the problems are very small in nature.” he said.

“We don’t want to be bogged down by small problems which can be solved locally. We are asking local authorities to address complaints locally to give time to the IG to focus on bigger issues that the country is facing,” Bamugemereire emphasised.

He noted that the IG has investigated 1,449 corruption cases from local governments from a target of 500, prosecuted 47 out of the target of 60, convicted 31 cases out of 47 and 12 judicial cases among others.

He said leaders that declared their assets and liabilities this far are 22,662 Ugandans ( 90.6 percent) out of the targeted 25,000 people complied and declared their assets and liabilities during the first launch of the online system.

The Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Reverend Father Simon Lokodo who officially launched the updated and self-registration modules of the IG-ODS, appealed to local leaders to embrace the online declaration of assets, which he said is faster, cheaper and more efficient.

He advised leaders who can afford smart phones to use those to register their wealth or get access to the computers distributed by the Uganda Communication Commission to secondary schools in their communities to do that.

Lokodo also encouraged district leaders to sensitise public servants to register since it is a practice mandated by the law.