The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja has said she is ready to deal with the Parliament with respect.
On January 19, Mulyagonja wrote a letter to Internal Security Organisation (ISO) boss Col. Frank Bagyenda Kaka directing him to investigate the chairperson of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) Abdu Katuntu and his vice Anita Among among others members of Cosase, for allegedly soliciting bribes during the probe into the improper sale of commercial banks.
This letter was also copied to Parliamentary Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Having received her latter, Kadaga together with several legislators called it ‘an attack on Parliament’ and undermining them. The Speaker then ordered for investigations into the letter by the Parliament Committee on Rules and Privileges.
“I am very surprised that the IGG didn’t find it necessary to first consult my office on the matters contained in the letter before authoring the letter to ISO. If she had called me, I would have been able to tell her there was no benchmarking which she wants to investigate. Benchmarking is with my authorisation, therefore, I am also being accused of facilitating some benchmarking, and she wants ISO to investigate that?
“I say this because, in the past, we have had good collaborations, she has called me on many occasions to find out information and clarifications regarding Parliament and I have responded to her requests,” said Kadaga.
However, on Monday during the launch of an Update Module and Leader Support system at the IGG headquarters Kampala, Mulyagonja responded to Parliament that she was more than ready to work with the Parliament with total respect.
“I have worked with Parliament on several cases and I have always exhibited my respect towards them because the office of IGG does respect them very much. Personally, I respect the Speaker that is why I wrote a letter because we report to them,” said Mulyagonja.
According to Mulyagonja, the IGG’s office is only asking for mutual collaboration with Parliament as ISO carries on the required investigations.
She confirmed that she has all the information concerning her claims in the latter and is ready to deliver it to the Parliament if they want.
“I am waiting to be asked officially the information that backs my claims in the latter and I will respond since my learned Speaker appointed a committee to investigate or consider my letter,” she added.
Meanwhile, concerning the leader support system that was launched, Mulyagonja said it leaders to declare their wealth online and in time.
“I call upon leaders now to declare their wealth with the prescribed time that’s 31st March 2019 to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law,” said Mulyagonja.