Inspectorate of Government Bi-Annual Performance Reports and Anti-Corruption Function Summary

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The Inspectorate of Government in Uganda, led by the Inspector General Beti Kamya Turwomwe, presented bi-annual performance reports to Parliament for the periods January-June 2022, July-December 2022, and January-June 2023. The reports highlight the IG's mandate derived from the Constitution, focusing on promoting adherence to the rule of law, eliminating corruption, and enforcing the Leadership Code of Conduct. The performance reports detail the activities undertaken, including investigations, recommendations, and outcomes related to anti-corruption efforts. Observations note a restructuring process impacting the number of corruption investigations in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) and Local Governments.


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Inspectorate of Government Bi-Annual Performance Reports and Anti-Corruption Function Summary

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  1. INSPECTORATE OF GOVERNMENT BI-ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORTS TO PARLIAMENT FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY-JUNE 2022, JULY-DECEMBER 2022 AND JANUARY-JUNE 2023 PRESENTED TO RT. HON. SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT 1 BY INSPECTOR GENERAL OF GOVERNMENT HON. BETI KAMYA TURWOMWE 20TH SEPTEMBER 2023 13/05/2024

  2. Mandate of the IG 2 The mandate of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) is derived from the functions stipulated under Chapter 13, Article 225 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (1995). These are: To promote and foster strict adherence to the rule of law and principles of natural justice in administration; To eliminate and foster the elimination of corruption, abuse of authority, and public office; To promote fair, efficient and good governance in public offices; To supervise the enforcement of the Leadership Code of Conduct; To investigate any act, omission, advice, decision or recommendation by a public officer or any other authority to which this article applies, taken, made, given or done in exercise of administrative functions; and, To stimulate public awareness about the values of constitutionalism in general and the activities of its office, in particular, through any media and other means it considers appropriate. The above functions are summarised under three core roles namely: Anti-Corruption, Ombudsman and Enforcement of the Leadership Code of Conduct. 13/05/2024

  3. 3 IG Bi-Annual Performance Reports to Parliament Under Article 231(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the IG is required to submit to Parliament of Uganda at least once every six months, a report on the performance of its functions and making such recommendations as it considers necessary and containing such information as Parliament may require. In line with the above mandate, the IG hereby presents the following reports: The 47th IG Bi-annual Performance report for the period January-June 2022; The 48th IG Bi-annual Performance report for the period July-December 2022; The 49th IG Bi-annual performance report for the period January-June 2023. 13/05/2024

  4. 4 Execution of the Anti-Corruption Function 13/05/2024

  5. Execution of the Anti-Corruption Function Summary of performance for the last three reporting periods 5 Performance Area Jan June 2022 July Dec 2022 Jan June 2023 Total Complaints registered 1,127 1,068 1,309 3,504 Corruption investigations concluded 709 489 330 1,528 Amount recommended for recovery UGX 13bn UGX 20bn UGX 5.7bn UGX 38.7bn Funds Recovered 2.06bn 2.3bn 3.6bn UGX.7.99 bn Administrative sanctions implemented Prosecutions concluded 170 287 243 700 32 30 25 92 Convictions 17 16 10 43 Conviction rate 53.1% 53.3% 40% 47% 13/05/2024

  6. Observations on performance 6 The decline in concluded number of investigations into corruption in MDA/LGs was due to the restructuring process and internal transfer of staff. The observed increase in recoveries by IG is attributed to the emphasis on recovery of stolen assets and establishment of the IG Compliance Division which follows up on the implementation of IG recommendations and orders. The conviction rate slightly declined from 53.3% in the period July to December 2022 to 40% in the period January to June 2023 due to the out of court settlements and emphasis on recovery of assets. 13/05/2024

  7. Execution of the Anti-Corruption Function 7 The IG conducted stakeholder engagement at National, Regional and International level: Partnership with Anti-Corruption Agencies The IG partnered with Anti-Corruption Agencies; OAG, PPDA, DEI, ODPP, SHACU, FIA and CID Police to effectively coordinate anti-corruption detection, prevention and enforcement. Engagement with State Actors The IG engaged with District Chairpersons, Chief Administrative Officers, Town Clerks and Uganda Local Government Association Executive, KCCA Councilors, Division Mayors and Division Speakers. The IG engagement with the above resulted in effective communication, information sharing and timely implementation of IG recommendations or decisions. Engagement with Non-State Actors The IG engaged with Non-State Actors such as Civil Society Organizations, Religious and Faith Organizations, Private Institutions, Universities and other Tertiary Institutions, Secondary Schools to effectively mobilize the citizens to own the war against corruption. 13/05/2024

  8. Execution of the Anti-Corruption Function 8 Engagement at Regional and International level The IG actively engaged with Regional and International partners to share experiences and best practices in the war to eliminate corruption. The IG engaged with International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities, African Union Advisory Board against Corruption, Inter-Government Authority for Development, Eastern Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities among others. Engagement with the citizens The IG engaged the public through barazas, social media, print and electronic media all over the country to sensitize the people to understand that they are the victims of corruption and should therefore own the war against the vice. Training of citizens to monitor and report incidences of corruption in government projects The IG trained 5,502 community members to enable them monitor delivery of government services within their communities. The IG also inspected 1,533 projects leading to recovery of UGX.1.3 billion that was returned to ensure completion of the projects. 13/05/2024

  9. 9 Enforcement of Leadership Code of Conduct 13/05/2024

  10. Enforcement of Leadership Code of Conduct 10 Summary of performance for the last three reporting periods Performance Area Jan June 2022 July Dec 2022 Jan June 2023 Total Projected leaders to declare Declaration by leaders in March 2023 N/A N/A 32,605 32,605 N/A N/A 26,541 26,541 Compliance rate of declaration N/A N/A 81.4% 81.4% Verifications conducted Investigation of declarations Prosecution for breaches of the Leadership Code Act 161 46 528 735 98 111 102 311 19 29 4 52 13/05/2024

  11. 11 Implementation of the Ombudsman Function 13/05/2024

  12. Implementation of the Ombudsman Function 12 Summary of performance for the last three reporting periods Performance Area Jan June 2022 July Dec 2022 Jan June 2023 Total Ombudsman cases concluded 199 171 327 697 Funds paid to complainants arising from non payment of salaries, gratuities, pensions and other benefits UGX 0.3bn UGX 0.2bn UGX 3.6bn UGX 4.1bn 13/05/2024

  13. Other Ombudsman activities undertaken 13 Boardroom sessions Arising from the Ombudsman investigations, it is observed that the main issues affecting MDA/LGs were related to employment disputes, non-payment of salaries and other benefits. The IG is engaging the MDAs through boardroom sessions to resolve the underlying causes of the problems. The IG has already held boardroom sessions with Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, National Medical Stores among others. Grievance Handling Mechanism TheIG conducted an assessment of grievance handling mechanisms in LGs including Arua, Jinja, Bundibugyo, Kabale, Soroti, Mbale, Mukono and Wakiso. The main aim of the assessment was to support LGs to re-activate the Grievance Handling Mechanisms. The assessment established that none of the sampled Local Governments had internal guidelines for handling staff grievances/complaints in place. The IG is engaging the Ministry of Local Government for the development of guidelines on internal grievance handling by Local Governments and to promote the grievance handling mechanisms through mass sensitization of public officers. 13/05/2024

  14. Major Implementation Challenges 14 A number of challenges have negatively impacted on the execution of the IG mandate and these include among others: Late release of funds Limited allocation of funds for the completion of the IG Head Office Building Inadequate funds for IG digital transformation Understaffing Old fleet of vehicles leading to high maintenance costs Weak systems in MDA/LGs to address maladministration at source Lack of Civil Asset Recovery law and a comprehensive witness protection law. Poor record keeping by MDA/LGs 13/05/2024

  15. Key Recommendations 15 To ensure the IG effectively implements its mandate we recommend the following: Timely release of funds based on the approved budget IG Head Office building project be prioritized in the budget More resources be availed to IG for recruitment of additional staff, procurement of vehicles, digital transformation and investigation of complex and syndicated corruption cases, conducting research and public outreach programs. The Ministry of Public Service and respective Accounting Officers of MDA/LGs should establish and/or reactivate Internal Grievance Handling Mechanisms so that complaints are effectively resolved at source. Gaps in the legal framework be addressed 13/05/2024

  16. Conclusion 16 Finally, Rt. Hon. Speaker, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to present to you the 47th,48th and 49th Bi-Annual IG Performance Reports to Parliament. Thank you. Beti Kamya Turwomwe INSPECTOR GENERAL OF GOVERNMENT 13/05/2024

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