IGG to Digitize Anti-corruption Efforts

IGG Beti Kamya (L) hands over the report on corruption to Commissioner of Parliament, Ms Esther Afoyochan (Photo/Parliament)

On behalf of Speaker Anita Among, Hon. Esther Afoyochan, the Parliamentary Commissioner, received bi-annual reports from the Inspectorate of Government (IG) covering the periods of January-June 2022, July-December 2022, and January-June 2023. This fulfills the constitutional mandate in Article 231 (1), requiring the IGG to submit reports to Parliament every six months, evaluating their functions and suggesting improvements for public institutions.

Afoyochan, also the Zombo District Woman Representative, accepted the reports from IGG Beti Kamya during a ceremony on September 20, 2023. In a statement delivered by Afoyochan, the Speaker commended the IGG for the punctual report submissions, emphasizing their importance for legislative oversight, as they provide crucial insights into the operations and financial status of entities under the purview of parliamentary committees. She praised the 11th Parliament for promptly considering annual and bi-annual reports from public sector entities.

As per Article 231 (3) of the 1995 Constitution, the Speaker will present the reports in the House during the next session after the current recess, and they will then be scrutinized by the Parliamentary Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

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Kamya highlighted the Inspectorate’s commitment to mobilizing and empowering citizens to combat corruption and its dedication to monitoring projects, investigating corruption cases, prosecuting wrongdoers, and recovering ill-gotten gains. This effort will be greatly facilitated by the digitalization of their monitoring, reporting, and investigation systems. Kamya stated, ‘The IGG management has embarked on a digitalization journey, transitioning from analog to digital in the fight against corruption. We aim to be 90% digitized within the next two years.’

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Over the last three reporting periods, the IGG received 3,504 complaints, concluded 1,528 corruption investigations, and recovered Shs7.99 billion out of the recommended Shs38.7 billion. They also prosecuted 92 individuals, resulting in 43 convictions. The decline in the number of corruption investigations was attributed to internal staff transfers and restructuring processes, while increased recoveries were linked to asset recovery efforts and the establishment of the IG Compliance Division, which monitors the implementation of IG recommendations

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