KIBUKU: Residents urged to report corruption directly to Inspectorate of Government

Mr Joseph Muramuzi, Head Advocacy and Capacity Building at Inspectorate of Government (IG) speaking to locals in Kibuku

Kibuku (UG):- In a bold move to combat corruption, the Inspectorate of Government (IG) organized a Baraza, or public gathering, in Tirinyi Town Council to sensitize the community on their role in fighting the embezzlement of government funds.

The event, which was attended by a cross-section of local leaders and residents, saw passionate appeals from IG officials and district authorities for citizens to be vigilant and report any corrupt practices they may encounter.

Joseph Muramuzi, the IG’s Officer for Advocacy and Capacity Building, was joined by Hiwala Peter from the Directorate of Project Risk Monitoring and Control, Mbale Regional Office, in addressing the attendees.

Mr Muramuzi emphasized the importance of community involvement, stating that the public’s responsibility in combating corruption cannot be left solely to government agencies. “Whistle-blowers who help recover misappropriated funds are entitled to a 5% reward,” he announced.

Dauda Kato, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kibuku, echoed the sentiment, warning that corruption can “eat the whole world” if left unchecked. “Local leaders and the community must be vigilant in identifying and addressing any issues with the implementation of government projects,” he asserted.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Kibuku District, Samuel Ruhweza Kaija, took a firm stance, urging residents to always report what they observe on the ground rather than asking him to transfer certain individuals.

Kaija cited an example of School Management Committee members who have fallen out with headteachers for refusing to share the Universal Primary Education (UPE) fund, underscoring that it is unacceptable to embezzle government funds.

Amina Namuzungu, the District Vice Chairperson, commended the IG’s initiative and encouraged the community to report cases of corruption, highlighting the recovery of embezzled funds at Nankodo Islamic Primary School as a success story.

However, the event was not without its challenges. Attendees raised concerns about the lack of IG offices in every district and the poor service delivery, particularly in the health sector. Bashir Nangeje, the Kibuku District Youth Councilor, expressed disappointment in the perceived lack of IG advertising campaigns.

Jalia Tigatola, a Tirinyi Town Council resident, called on the IG to intervene in the issue of a substandard road constructed by Dot Services and non-functioning security lights in the town council.

The IG officials responded by assuring the public that they can utilize the regional offices and toll-free hotlines to report corruption, providing the numbers 0800111777 and 0800111666. They also encouraged the use of the IG’s WhatsApp number 0707721146 for easier access.

The Baraza’s attendance by Kibuku’s top district officials, including the CAO, RDC, and departmental heads, underscored the government’s commitment to addressing corruption at the grassroots level.

As the community continues to grapple with the challenges of development and service delivery, the IG’s effort to empower citizens in the fight against corruption remains a crucial step forward.

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