Ig Commemorates International Anti-Corruption Day

Ig commemorates international anti-corruption day
Appeared on: 12 Dec 2022

The Inspectorate of Government (IG) joined the rest of the world on December 9 2022 to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD).

The commemoration took place in Ibanda district under the theme: ““Citizen’s must own the war to eliminate corruption – it is their war”.

Ibanda District was selected to host the event because during an evaluation exercise conducted by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Ibanda was ranked the top district in quality of service delivery.

The event was organized by all Government Anti-Corruption agencies which include the Inspectorate of Government (IG), Office of the Auditor General, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SHACU) and the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID).

Others are; the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Directorate for Ethics and Integrity, Financial Intelligence Authority and Ibanda district as the host.

In a speech read for him by the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Hon. Norbert Mao, President Museveni said he is receiving increasing reports that political leaders are embroiled in corrupt practices, contradicting a bush-time commitment in the NRM’s 10-point programme.

“How can we hope to convince anyone of the righteousness of our cause if our own people are violating our own stated goals, thereby undermining our political economic and social programmes?” the President asked.

The President further noted that the remedy in fighting corruption is the Leadership Code, which will be able to pin public officials on the accumulated wealth.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Hon. Beti Kamya Turwomwe, said the IG’s new strategy is to take the war against corruption to the people hence the reason why the commemoration was held out of Kampala.

“We plan to mobilize Ugandans to be watchdogs and recognize corruption through unexplained acquisition of wealth by public officers, to take interest in annual budgets of their local governments, to take interest in releases of funds from the Ministry of Finance for specified activity to their local government, ensure that the said activities are delivered, ensure value for money deliveries, but most importantly to report any suspicious activity to the IG or any of the Anti-Corruption Agencies as the case may require,” the IGG said.

She also noted that the President launched the Lifestyle Audit Campaign through which the Inspectorate shall be requiring public officers who seem to have amassed wealth that is not commensurate with their known sources of income to explain their source of investment capital.

“After the launch, we embarked on the task to constructing a legal framework in which to operate the Lifestyle Audit. It will be ready in a few months and then we will roll it out. The Lifestyle Audit Campaign will depend very much on the people giving us information about who owns what, how they got it and generally giving us evidence – through the Whistleblower Programme,” she said.

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The International Anti-Corruption Day provides an opportunity for governments, the private sector, Civil Society Organisations, the media and citizens to reflect on the effects of corruption and commit to collective action on preventing and addressing the pandemic.

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