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IGG to probe parliament over ‘corruption and mismanagement’ of funds

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Beti Kamya. Photo | File

Kampala, (UG):- The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Mrs Beti Kamya has revealed her office is set to investigate the ‘mismanagement’ of public offices, funds, and corruption at Parliament.

The IGG’s decision follows the ongoing social media dubbed #UgandaParliamentExhibition, which alleged that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) commissioners awarded themselves Shs400 million while Mathias Mpuuga, the National Unity Platform (NUP) commissioner, received Shs500 million.

“The issues in parliament have generated public and media interest, and therefore, no one can ignore them. As the inspectorate of government, we have received several whistleblower accounts of the inner workings of parliament. We have also received petitions from ordinary citizens asking us to get involved,” Ms Kamya said while addressing the media at the Inspectorate offices in Kampala.

According to ms Kamya, the inspectorate has decided to start an investigation into the mismanagement of public offices, funds, and corruption in parliament.

Yesterday, the NUP party principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, aka Bobi Wine, said that the former Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP), Mathias Mpuuga, must apologise, resign his position as the commissioner at parliament, and return the money before taking him through the rehabilitation process.

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“My deputy president and Commissioner of Parliament, Mathias and Mpuuga, was named in that scandal. It was an allegation that Mpuuga, together with Speaker Anita, among other commissioners, awarded himself Shs500 million. It was disturbing. But after finding what I thought was credible evidence, I summoned the meeting that involved all my deputy presidents, the party leadership, including the Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary General, and other respectable leaders,” Bobi said.

“In that meeting, my Deputy President and Director, Mpuuga, admitted that he indeed took part in this wrongdoing. He admitted that he wrongfully awarded himself Shs500 million, and to make it even worse, this was supposed to be passed to the holder, not those who came before him or those who are coming after him,” emphasized Bobi Wine.

“We advised him to honourably return that money because it is dirty money, apologise to the nation, and resign from the commission as a sign of goodwill and integrity. We wait to see whether Mpuuga heeds and takes on the moral action that was advised to do,” he said.

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The meeting according to Bobi resolved that if Mpuuga does the right thing to dissociate from corruption, apologise to the people of Uganda, and resign from that commission, they would come together, rehabilitate him, and then see how they can come together as a party.

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