Saturday, July 24, 2010

Who will fight for us ?

This media brief attracted me and in a way leaves a question on my mind on who will eventualy fight for Uganda? We have no leadership against corruption will-nilly!

New Vision 23rd July 2010

Jinja magistrate arrested over bribe A Jinja Grade II magistrate was on Wednesday arrested over receiving abribe of sh100,000 in order to acquit a man charged with theft. Okitwii Odutu allegedly received the money from Esther Nabulime to haveher brother, Emmanuel Ssembule, released. Odutu was arrested by Police detectives attached to the office of theInspector General of Government (IGG), led by Dominic Baru, the easternregional officer. Baru explained that they raised the sh100,000 which Nabulime said themagistrate demanded and copied down the serial number of the notes. Shortly after handing over the money to Odutu, the IGG officers stormedhis chambers. The magistrate was expected to appear before the Anti-Corruption Court anytime.

New Vision 23rd July 2010

IGG sh18m salary rise angers staff The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has been given a 516% salaryrise, sparking anger among his staff who got lower increments than theyexpected. In the new salary structure seen by The New Vision, the ombudsman’smonthly pay went up six-fold, from sh2.9m to 17.85m effective this month.The IGG’s salary is now almost at par with that of the Auditor General,John Muwanga, who earns sh18m a month. The other benefits for the IGG include a chauffer-driven car, sh2m forhousing, mobile phone allowance, security for both office and residence,medical cover and a top-up allowance of about sh1m. The employees are now questioning how the new salaries were arrived at.Although handsome increments had been proposed across the board, only theIGG and the deputy had their proposals approved by the inspectorate boardwithout any alterations. The IGG and the deputy are appointed on a four-year term, renewable onlyonce. An expert in public service remuneration says the increment should havebeen done in a phased manner because a five-fold increment appearsoutrageous. The official also said the new salary structure poses a challenge fortransferable staff, especially the Permanent Secretary, whose salary underthe public scale is sh2m. The PS now earns sh5.95m. The reason for paying hefty salaries to public officials is reportedly toinsulate them from corruption. But a number of studies have ranked some ofthese top paid organisations among the most corrupt institutions in thecountry. The IGG 2008 Integrity Survey also observed that better remuneration isnot enough to curb corruption.

New Vision 23rd July 2010
KCC cheques missing Some of the cheques used to withdraw unauthorised funds from the KampalaCity Council (KCC) account at a city bank were misplaced by the Police, aParliament committee heard yesterday. KCC lost a total of sh3.6b, out of which sh2.3b was unauthorised paymentfrom the teachers’ account at Stanbic Bank, according to the director offinance, Baka Musujja. The money was in respect of teachers’ Pay as You Earn. The committee particularly zeroed on a cash withdrawal of sh704m from theaccount. Karugaba said sh900m was paid by the bank to KCC after they made a claimthat unauthorised money had been withdrawn from their account. She saidthe bank also paid sh70m to KCC lawyers. However, the committee chairman, Abdu Katuntu, wanted to know how thefigure of sh900m was arrived at.

New Vision 23rd July 2010
Three Koboko officials held over corruption Three top officials of Koboko town council in Koboko district were onMonday arrested and detained at the district Police station for allegedlycausing a financial loss of over sh10m.The Koboko district criminal investigations officer, Francis Olugu, onTuesday confirmed that the town clerk, Emmanuel Banya, the financeofficer, Tom Adriko, and the town council LC3 chairman, Joseph Banga, weredetained. Olugu said after thorough interrogation and provision of substantivesureties, Banga and Banya were released on police bond and their passportsretained. He, however, said Adriko was still under custody because he refused tohand over his passport and had failed to produce sureties for him to begranted bond. Olugu said the Police in Koboko and the anti-corruption unit from Kampalaacted following a tip-off from residents.

New Vision 23rd July 2010
Corruption is terrorism I am glad that we have Ugandans still thinking productively on matters ofambulances and our deteriorating health system. Uganda’s hospitals andhealth centres badly need ambulances and so do the Police and subcounties. Affordability is not an issue because Uganda can afford a lot if onlycorruption was handled with vigilance. Corruption in Uganda is a majorconcern like terrorism. People stealing from the vulnerable sick and thepoor are terrorists because they create fear and anxiety to society. Ifonly Uganda could confiscate the properties of those found guilty ofcorruption, a lot of money would be saved and used to provide basic needs.

Daily Monitor 23rd July 2010
State House staff ordered to refund cash At least 15 State House employees have been ordered to refund Shs27million in public money they took without paying taxes.The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee heard on Wednesday that thestaff got Shs89.3 million in honoraria from Ministry of Tourism, Trade andIndustry and did not pay taxes.Honoraria is a fee paid for a nominally free service.The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Ambassador Julius Onentold the committee that State House employees in question were workingunder the Presidential African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) team.The Export Led Growth Strategy Unit under AGOA Country Response Office wasset up in 2001 by President Museveni. But some committee members includingPeter Mutuluuza (Mawokota North) and Mbale Municipality MP Jack WamaiWamanga demanded that the AGOA be scrapped insisting that “it’s a flop”.The lawmakers have also demanded that State House employees stop receivingmoney from Ministry of Trade.
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