Anti corruption activists ask government to regulate powers of the IGG

By Daudi Zirimala

The Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) activists say government should regulate rather than curtail the powers of the inspectorate of government as it’s contained in the amendment to public procurement and disposal of public Assets PPDA Act 2003.

According to the executive director of ACCU Cissy Kagaba, it has emerged that government is determined to curtail the powers of the inspectorate of government with regard to investigating procurement related corruption.

Kagaba adds that as anti corruption activists, they believe that intervention by Inspector General in government projects is important and healthy for ensuring transparency and accountability because blocking the IG from investigating procurement related corruption is potentially unconstitutional and could expose government to unnecessary litigation.

They say government should address the lacuna in the regulatory framework to guide the inspectorate and also intervene in procurement corruption cases. They added regulations to IG Act be passed rather than amending the PPDA Act in a potentially unconstitutional manner.

This development comes on the heels of several procurement related scandals including the Katosi rd scandal, national ID scandal and of recent the corruption allegation shrouding the procurement of the new parliament chambers. And if the proposal to the PPDA act is passed, the Inspectorate will no longer be able to probe corruption in procurement projects and the proposal from government is influenced by several projects which have been halted by the Inspectorate of Government pending investigation, this perhaps frustrated some people in government.

Human rights activists demand for disciplinary action against Kyaligonza

By Alice Lubwama
The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) has tasked Government to take disciplinary action against major general Matayo Kyaligonza for his actions against the police officer on duty rather than selectively applying the law to only his body guards.

The executive director Foundation for Human Rights Initiative Livingstone Ssewanyana says that the act of assaulting the traffic officer by Kyaligonza and his body guards show the increasing acts of impunity perpetrated by state security officers .

Ssewanyana adds that the Impunity by state security agents has reached acute levels and requires urgent remedial actions from the Government.

The Foundation also calls for an expeditious inquiry into the incident to ensure justice is served to the traffic officer and journalist who were both assaulted in the course of duty.

This is not the first time general Kyaligonza has been involved in controversial acts of impunity.

One incident is during the 2016 elections, where General Kyaligonza is alleged to have assaulted a journalist of Radio Hoima, Amlan Tumusiime.