IGG’s new task force to take grand corruption by the horns
Kampala, October 13- Uganda’s Inspectorate of Government today launched a Special Directorate of Investigations that has been tasked with containing what IGG Irene Mulyagonja says is “ a new wave of organized, grand and syndicated corruption,” that causing huge losses to the economy.
The new directorate manned by 34 investigators will handle cases involving losses from Ushs1 billion upwards.
“The inspectorate has always been accused of prosecuting only the small fish and leaving the big fish and the crocodiles but this is going to change. We don’t want any more mediocrity, the directorate is going to bite, already investigations into UNRA, the Ministry of Health and the Rural Electrification Agency have started,” Mulyagonja said during the launch ceremony.
Mulyagonja explained that although they had initially thought of just introducing a unit
to investigate syndicated corruption, they opted for a directorate especially now that syndicated crimes have become a global phenomenon and only a fully-fledged directorate would serve the purpose.
Waiswa Bageya, the Inspectorate secretary says the directorate will address gaps in investigations especially for cases of a high profile nature, investigate them expeditiously and conclude them.
“Corruption is a disease that is now worse than terrorism, it kills, it impoverishes and retards our growth in development and I believe that this directorate will speed up the investigation and prosecution of high profile and
syndicated cases of corruption,” commented Ethics and Integrity minister Simon Lokodo.