President Yoweri Museveni has said the creation of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit will not replace the work of the Inspectorate of Government (IGG).
Speaking at the opening of the 9th Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, the president said the new unit was playing a complimentary role.
“The creation of the unit is not to replace the IGG. No, it is to help her. Slowly, she was infiltrated by some groups,” the president said.
The inspectorate of government is headed by Justice Irene Mulyagonja while the new anti-corruption unit is headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.
Over 50 delegates are attending the five-day conference at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort in Kigo under the theme: Time to Act: Prevent Corruption for Sustainable Development.
Museveni told delegates that the anti-corruption fight was hinged on resistance councils at village level and the resistance army after decades of wars.
He told countries to ensure that victims, often citizens, are at the centre of all anti-corruption efforts since they have nothing to benefit from the corrupt.
The president said the enactment of anti-corruption laws and creation of institutions like IGG helped tame the vice but that their ineffectiveness had forced him to create new ‘watchmen.’
The anti-corruption units have been created under the office of the president in recent years: the health monitoring unit, engineering unit and the newly-formed anti-corruption unit.
Delegates at the Kampala conference include heads of anti-corruption bodies, government officials, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the private sector and civil society and policy experts.
The heads of anti-corruption agencies at the Kampala conference are from 16 countries: Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.
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