By Johnbosco Tugume
HOIMA. Officials from the Inspectorate of Government have warned local government leaders against undermining its orders and recommendations or else they risk being reprimanded.
Deputy Inspector General of Government (IGG) Fauzat Mariam Wangadya said that some heads of departments mostly those implicated in corruption related scandals are fond of defying the recommendations made by the inspectorate.
“Any person who willfully and without lawful justifications disobeys orders by the inspectorate commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding 150 currency points or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both,” she said while referring to section 35 A of the Inspectorate of Government Act.
Wangadya said parties and non-parties to whom orders are addressed must take heed.
She said this during an engagement with Hoima district heads of departments and security at the district chambers in Kasingo, Hoima municipality on Thursday afternoon.
She revealed that the team is touring Bunyoro region trying to assess complacency of the inspectorate’s orders and sensitizing leaders about the consequences of non-compliance.
Wangadya explained that such attempts undermine the body’s efforts and effectiveness in the fight against corruption and called for joint efforts by all government agencies in the corruption fight.
She said some heads of departments refuse to implement the body’s directives to reprimand their staff cited in corruption scandals while others claim they don’t receive the orders.
“I am happy to report that we haven’t registered such cases here but in some districts, you find the inspectorate has directed for something but it’s not done at all,” she noted.
She cited use of fake academic documents, impersonation, sectarianism, absenteeism, political interference among others as the top corruption related cases in local governments.
Wangadya called for vigilance among the public to report corruption related cases to police or their office. She said the community under whistle blowers has helped the inspectorate to unearth many corruption related issues.
Chiche Benison, the Hoima district LC5 Vice Chairperson commended the good work done by the inspectorate.