By Julius Barigaba and Alfred Wandera
June 26, 2011
Nairobi — The office of the Inspector General of Government is battling a fresh credibility crisis following its decision to clear Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of graft allegations in the 2008 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) scandal. Analysts have accused the body of lacking independence and furthering the political interests of those in power, rendering it ineffective in fighting the corruption that is draining billions of dollars from Uganda’s economy.
Mr Mbabazi, a former security minister, was implicated along with several other political heavyweights, including former vice president Prof Gilbert Bukenya, in value for money audits by the auditor general and parliament’s Public Accounts Committee…”I have my misgivings about the office of the IGG,” says Miria Matembe, former ethics and integrity minister. “When [former IGG] Jotham Tumwesigye was in that office, there was independence. He did his investigations and made reports without encountering political interference. But the current IGG tends to be selective.” Read more.