By Our Reporter
The Inspectorate of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja isnt seated and taking lightly a tirade of outbursts unleashed by the Head of State against her institution.
Many occasions President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been expressing displeasure at the IG for failing on her mandate of fighting corruption. This catapulted into formation of two parallel units from State House and are directly answerable to Museveni.
But one of the units which give the IGs office sleepless nights is the Anti-Corruption Unit headed by Lt. Col Edith Nakalema.
The unit with a few resources, and limited manpower to shake the officers in the corrupt world unlike previously even with the existence of the IGG.
Nakalemas unit has already borne results by leading operations in arresting and jailing corrupt civil servants in the country.
The unit, to show clout leads arrests of the corrupt officials upcountry as well.
Its latest operations were the arrest of Lyantonde RDC and raiding Post Bank, arresting and handing over the culprits to relative authorities.
They have since been remanded to Luzira.
Others who have suffered the iron hand of Lt. Col. Nakalema are officials at Lands Ministry who today were sent to Luzira Prison including Undersecretary, valuer and auditor.
Shockingly, all the arrests and investigation initiated by Nakalema dont stem from new cases. They are old cases which were reported to the IGG and her office either chose to ignore or was an interested party.
Thursday last week while appearing before the media ahead of the Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Conference which IG hosted, Justice Mulyagonja argued that her office doesnt document its works in the media.
She said every 3 months her office submits 6 reports to Parliament over corruption.
However, a source in government wondered why the IGG has never prosecuted and jailed any officer as per her mandate.
Yes she submits reports but do the reports matter. People want to see action. Imagine her office is supposed to arrest and jail but all she says is reports, wondered a high ranking official.
Plot on Nakalema
Envied for her work, officials in the Inspectorates office have designed a well thought-about master plan to drag Nakalema in the mix.
The IGGs team is very unhappy especially seeing that Nakalema has support of the media and other authorities. As a result, officials at Jubilee House have criticized Nakalema that she is always going for small fish, said a separate source at IGs office who wished not to be mentioned.
Officials in government wonder if the IGG insists that her office is still relevant, how come she has not even recovered any property from the culprits.
Seeing that Nakelema has shaken the institution and consistently receives praises from the President, IGs team has initiated a strategy to crash her.
So far, the IGs office, a source said has begun a clandestine operation of financing a media campaign portraying the Inspectorate as a victim and haunted by the powers that be.
In their campaign, they drag in Nakalemas unit as repeating same investigations which were previously handled by the IGG and that in so doing, Nakalema is wasting taxpayers cash.
People perceive the Anti-Corruption Unit as working because of media publicity. Whenever they go to take a particular action, they seem to move with the media to publicise their work. The IGG doesnt work in the media. Nakalema has very few staff and the people they actually arrested; action is taken out of tip-off. I am yet to see them work on issues of sophisticated corruption. For me, any form of sophistication has to go digital by the unit finding people who have done cyber corruption, this was comment which appeared in one of the story which many believe was planted by the team at Jubilee House to demonize Nakalema.
The team is optimistic that the continuous publication of such fictitious stories will raise brows and ignite debate among sections of the public to criticize the functionality of Nakalemas unit since it repeats work which was exhausted and disposed off by the IGG.
The pressure from the public could cause disbandment of Nakalemas unit, a source said.
However, this website is informed that the IGs team, miscalculated.
With inefficiency the Inspectorate has exhibited, there is no way; the President can renew her contract which is left with only a year to expire.
What has she done? At least Justice Faith Mwondha shook politicians. For Mulyagonja she should prepare to return to court, an official said.
When reached for a comment on the increasing attack on the institution by the President, IGs spokeswoman Ali Munira said she was holed up in a meeting.
She promised to revert but hadnt by press time.
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