IGG investigating 100 cases of corruption in Karamoja region
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
The cases had accumulated due to insecurity that could not allow auditors to go there.
The Inspectorate of government of Uganda is investigating 109 corruption cases in Karamoja sub-region.
The Deputy Inspector General of Government (IGG), Mr George Bamugemerere, revealed this during a workshop on the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (Nusaf) in Moroto Town on Wednesday. The workshop, organised by the Inspectorate of Government, was aimed at improving community livelihoods through efficient implementation of the second phase of Nusaf (Nusaf II). It was attended by the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni, Nusaf Director Robert Limilim and leaders of Moroto and Napak districts.
Mr Bamugemerere said corruption cases in Karamoja had accumulated due to the insecurity which could not allow the auditors to carry out auditing in the region. Karamoja has been ridden with insecurity mainly caused by armed cattle rustlers.
“Officials were swindling public funds and nobody could investigate them because of the insecurity,” Mr Bamugemerere said. He said the corruption incidents under investigation by the IGG include cases in the first phase of Nusaf (Nusaf-I), National Agricultural Advisory Services (Naads) and Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP). “The region is rotten and once we conclude our investigations, I don’t think there will be any leader who will survive arrest,” he said.
Dr Robert Limlim, the director of Nusaf-II, appealed to the IGG to complete the investigations quickly and have culprits prosecuted. Dr Limlim, who comes from Karamoja, said the area has lagged behind in development because of corruption. He called for confiscation of property of the culprits to recover the stolen money.
Mr Bamugemerere said under-funding is hindering the IGG’s efforts to sufficiently investigate corruption cases and prosecute the culprits. He said the Shs30 billion the IGG office receives from government in the national budget annually is too inadequate. He called on the government to increase the funding to at least Shs40 billion to enable the IGG improve its performance.