Ig Rolls Out Taac Initiative In Ankole Sub Region

Ig rolls out taac initiative in ankole sub region
Appeared on: 17 Mar 2020

Five districts in Ankole sub region have pledged to support the Inspectorate of Government’s initiative to scale up the Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (TAAC) component in all Government projects. The districts include Ibanda, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara and Ntungamo.

The initiative, supported by DANIDA, is aimed at empowering people at village level to effectively and continuously monitor all government projects with the aim of improving service delivery at the grass roots.

To garner support for the initiative, the Deputy Inspector General of Government, Mariam Wangadya, met district leaders and community members from the five districts and implored them to continuously monitor Government projects and report any cases of corruption.

DIGG's remarks

The initiative will facilitate the selection and training of 4464 Community Monitoring Group (CMG) members in the five districts. These will monitor government projects in their respective villages. Armed with contacts of the various leaders and the Inspectorate of Government (IG), the CMGs will report any cases of mismanagement or corruption.

The IG is partnering with renowned Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the sub region in the implementation of TAAC by engaging citizens. These include Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development (ACORD) operating in Mbarara and Kiruhura, Justice is Right (JIAR) in Ibanda, South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) in Ntungamo and Western Ankole Civil Society Forum (WASCOF) in Isingiro.

The district leaders welcomed the initiative, admitting that resources available to them are inadequate for effective monitoring of government projects. They urged the IG to do more sensitisation especially through radio talk shows.

Later when funds permit, the same programme will be rolled out to the 7 remaining districts of Buhweju, Bushenyi, Kazo, Mitooma, Sheema, Rubirizi and Rwampara to cover the entire Ankole sub region.

The rolling out of TAAC to the rest of the country follows its successful implementation by the IG in the NUSAF 2 project in the greater northern, eastern and Bunyoro sub regions.