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IGG orders Kyambogo don to refund pay

By Vision Reporter

Added 19th May 2011 03:00 AM

THE Inspector General of Government has ordered a Kyambogo University dean to refund sh27m got from holding two jobs illegally.

THE Inspector General of Government has ordered a Kyambogo University dean to refund sh27m got from holding two jobs illegally.

By Mary Karugaba

THE Inspector General of Government has ordered a Kyambogo University dean to refund sh27m got from holding two jobs illegally.

Raphael Baku said Obua Okuonzi was ordered to pay the money after investigations indicated that he had a job in the agriculture ministry and at Kyambogo University.

Baku made the remarks after the release of his annual report to Parliament yesterday.

After the payments, Okuonzi was ordered to resign one of the jobs.

“It’s illegal to hold two jobs under the public service regulations. We wrote to the Public Service Commission and Okuonzi had to resign from one of the jobs. He resigned from the agriculture minstry,” Baku said.

He also said three ministers and four MPs were among the list of public officers who did not meet the declaration of wealth deadline of March 31.

The ministers were James Bakabulindi, Geraldine Bitamazire and Fred Mukisa.

He did not mention the names of the MPs, but said he had written to them to explain.
Baku, however, said Bakabulindi and Bitamazire later declared their wealth.

“Some of these were among the 77 members who were affected by the recent Constitutional Court ruling. They called me and said they did not know what to do,” Baku said.

Under the 2002 Leadership Code, leaders have to declare their income and assets and explain how they acquired them.

This aims at promoting transparency and accountability.
The report also shows that only one public officer declared his gift.

The Leadership Code requires that any gifts above sh100,000 be declared.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and minister for East African Community Affairs, Eriya Kategaya, declared a gift of a television screen received from Star Digital TV.

The report further says the IGG received 1,042 complaints against public officials between July and December 2010.

Almost half of all the complaints were about abuse of office and mismanagement or theft of public funds. Delay of service delivery, mishandling of tenders and contracts, embezzlement, bribery and extortion, were the other complaints.

Most complaints were against district administrations (17%), followed by individual public officials (11%) and the Police (6%). Kampala topped the list of complaints from the districts with 454, followed by Gulu (99), Kabarole (74), Jinja (67) and Mbale (54).
In the period under review, the IGG arrested 29 public officials suspected to be corrupt.

Kanungu district local government engineer peter Sandibiri, Bundibugyo district education officer Esau Willy Nsbabiirwe and Kamuli Police officer Harriet Mutesi, were among the arrested.

Another 26 cases are still being prosecuted, prominent among them is the GAVI fund scam involving former health minister Jim Muhwezi and his two junior ministers.

The case stalled following an application filed by the accused in the Constitutional Court.

The IGG also successfully argued cases in which a total of sh210m was saved, the report notes.

IGG orders Kyambogo don to refund pay

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