SOUGHT KCCA INTERVENTION: IGG Justice Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza

Public officials must declare their wealth by mid next month, the Inspector General of Government Justice Irene Mulyagonja has directed.

According to Justice Mulyagonja, the officials must declare their income, assets and liabilities by April 21, before she strikes.

Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre, the IGG said that so far 81 per cent of Parliamentary staff including MPs have declared their wealth, followed by the Judiciary with 67.7%; the Police with 44.8% and the local governments with 56%.

She observed that some public officials fail to declare their wealth, fearing that it could be confiscated.

“The system will help in curbing cases of corruption in the country,” Justice Mulyagonja said, adding that those intending to declare their wealth can send the information by mail before Tuesday.

“Thereafter analysis and verification will be conducted on the ground and banks to ensure correct information given in by that specific official,” Justice Mulyagonja said, adding: “Some leaders have been slow in adapting the system, however, this is a security measure that I will  ensure is followed and implemented among all government officials.”

She, however, thanked leaders who have already declared their assets and encouraged others to follow suit.

By press time it was not possible to establish whether members of the executive, among them President Yoweri Museveni, Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda and the cabinet ministers had declared their assets in accordance with the law.