The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Beti Olive Kamya has ordered the accounting officers of Soroti district and the city council to submit documents and reports of Emyooga and the procurement plan for the 2022/2023 financial year.
Kamya issued the directives during her on-spot-check visit to Soroti on Thursday.
“For today, my team will be looking at Emyooga. I want all the names of Saccos, the amount of money received per Sacco, the beneficiaries, and their contacts submitted by close of the day,” Kamya said.
She also asked the Soroti chief administrative officer, Andrew Ochen to produce the procurement plan for the last financial year with all the adverts and the award letters to different contractors.
According to Kamya, while their mandate is to foster strict adherence to the rule of law by eliminating corruption and abuse of office, her visit to Teso is to interact with the institutions of government in order to find better means of service delivery.
In the report submitted to the minister of state for Microfinance, Haruna Kasolo Kyeyune last month, only 20 per cent of the Emyooga funds disbursed to the communities in Soroti district had been recovered. Some of the targeted groups like the mechanics, taxi operators, and journalists declined to take the money which they dubbed “NRM money”.
However, Kamya added that arrests and prosecutions of public servants over corruption are like postmortem, arguing for preventive measures through creating awareness of strict adherence to the rule of law.
“We need a mindset change for our communities. Look at our health facilities; there are no drugs but you find people praising the corrupt who amass wealth fraudulently when they come with pocket change to relieve them from the agony of losing their beloved ones,” she said.
She reiterated that corruption practices cost Uganda more than Shs 10 trillion annually. Soroti district council speaker, Stephen Olebe asked the IGG’s office to intervene in the several cases that the district is battling in the courts of law over unresolved conflicts arising from lack of resources.
“Local governments are limping because of the meager funding from the central government. Some of the little monies that we get also end up in court battles,” Olebe said.
Information from sources in the district indicates that Soroti is battling over 40 cases in different cases over contracts and other complaints.