Journalists faced off with the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja as they accused her of failing to catch thieves in government.
This happened on Thursday at Uganda Media Center after Mulyagonja read a statement on the preparations on the Forthcoming Commonwealth Regional Conference of Anti- Corruption Agencies in Africa.
A number of journalists who had attended the press briefing wondered whether the IGG still had the powers to address any gathering on anything related to fighting corruption after the appointing authority openly lambasted her for failing to fight graft and decided to create a parallel unit which has since placed the Inspectorate under investigations.
State House Anti- Corruption Unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema was inaugurated by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni after he referred to Mulyagonja’s office as a “failure and “useless.”
However, Mulyagonja defended her entity saying it has been efficient in fighting graft only that her work is not documented in the media.
“Every six months we issue a report and present it to Parliament as it’s required by law which details the work of the Inspectorate,” she said.
The fourth estate pondered why Parliament has never picked interest in debating the reports her office submits every after 6 months.
On the same conference, Mulyagonja was asked to substantiate why her office reluctantly didn’t pick interest in making broader investigations on the infamous Bank of Uganda officials who were implicated in illegal closure of seven commercial banks even when Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) completed its findings and made recommendations.
She described BoU probe as “escalated” insisting that her office found it wise to leave other investigative bodies to take up the matter.
“We shall not investigate Bank of Uganda.”