Inside IGG’s Report on Speaker Among’s Wealth Declaration for President Museveni

Inside IGG’s Report on Speaker Among’s Wealth Declaration for President Museveni
The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among. PHOTO/COURTESY

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  • The IGG is set to deliver a detailed report to President Museveni concerning Speaker of Parliament Anita Among’s wealth declaration. This report will encompass inquiries into allegations regarding Among’s ownership of properties in the United Kingdom, among other assets.

KAMPALA, (Examiner) – The Inspectorate of Government has announced plans to present a comprehensive report to President Museveni regarding the wealth declaration of Speaker of Parliament Anita Among. The report will include investigations into allegations of Among’s ownership of properties in the United Kingdom, among other assets.

The development arises after the UK Deputy Foreign Secretary, Andrew Mitchell announced sanctions on the Speaker, and two former ministers facing corruption cases; Mary Goretti Kitutu and Agnes Nandutu who allegedly stole thousands of iron sheets used for roofing and infrastructure from a Ugandan government-funded project.

The project was aimed at housing some of the most vulnerable communities in the region, Other than serving their initial role, the items were distributed amongst prominent politicians and their families.

Governance experts have weighed in on the matter, suggesting that Among could face significant challenges if it is found that she owns properties that were not disclosed in her wealth declaration. One potential consequence could be the jeopardy of her parliamentary seat, as failure to accurately declare assets is a serious offense under Ugandan law.

Human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo expressed optimism regarding the information that has been shared with President Museveni by the British High Commissioner to Uganda. Opiyo suggested that this information could shed light on the veracity of the allegations against Speaker Among.According to Opiyo, he finds the British Commission a reputable source and which can not just make up claims.

Meanwhile during the plenary session following the news of the Speaker of Parliament’s sanction from the United Kingdom, Among stated that the claims were void ; ..”I have only been to the UK once ,I do not even own a cat there..”

Anita Among further made claim that the sanctions are merely political moves; “These sanctions are politically motivated. I am carrying a cross for the ’48 million’ Ugandans.”

Job Kijja, a Governance Expert highlighted that with a lot that has been going on this year like the popular social media parliament exhibition, the law makers will have no lenience for anyone who falls prey as party to misuse of government funds. He said; “Has the speaker been declaring all her assets before the IGG, if she has not been doing so then she is in breach.”

As the investigation unfolds, all eyes are on President Museveni and the actions he may take in response to the report’s findings. The outcome of this case will have significant implications for accountability and transparency in Uganda’s political landscape.

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