IGG Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza

The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) has recovered over Shillings 186 million from fraudsters in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the local governments.

According to a policy statement for the Financial Year 2016/17 by the IGG Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza to the Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, the anti-graft institution also investigated and concluded 1,435 corruption cases against an annual target of 1800, and also made 31 arrests in the MDAs.

Some of those arrested and prosecuted include the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service John Lwamafa and the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda.

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Other notables who faced IGG prosecution include the former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Stephen Kashaka and the former National Forestry Authority (NFA) boss Damian Akankwasa.

“Of these, 272 were investigated in ministries, departments and agencies, 1020 in local governments, 129 were Ombudsman in nature (maladministration and administrative injustices) and 14 concerning implementation of government projects such as NUSAFII, USMID and UPPET.

According to the IGG, a total of 4,792 investigations were reported to be ongoing, of which 300 are in MDAs and 4,492 in Local Governments. The Ombudsman has also concluded 36 corruption cases of the targeted 50, while 101 cases are still ongoing in the courts of law, the IGG report presented in March, states in part.

The IGG also said it registered 1,249 complaints, with 518 registered at the Head Office and 699 registered at its regional offices across the country.

Meanwhile, the IGG has concluded the verification of 20 leaders’ declarations out of a planned 50 verifications, representing a 40 per cent success, while 26 verifications are ongoing at different levels.

However, of the 20 leaders’ verifications carried out so far, two were ‘inconsistent’ and the leaders who submitted them were cautioned by the Inspectorate.