The no nonsense Lt. Col. Nakalema
The Inspectorate of Government (IG) is supposed to fight corruption and mismanagement of public office but it looks like the same vices are growing fat in ombudsman’s office.
For that matter a whistle blower wants Justice Irene Mulyagonja, the Inspector General of Government, to resign or be fired by the appointing authority, President Yoweri Museveni.
The whistle blower in a 20th March letter wrote to the State House based anti-corruption office asking its head Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema to use her influence have President Yoweri Museveni fire the IGG and replace her with a capable person, Mulengera Media, reported on Thursday.
The unnamed whistle blowers says IGG has instilled fear among workers while others hold office illegally. According to Mulengera Media, the whistle blower notes that Inspectorate of Government (IG) staff can’t freely express themselves anymore hence the decision to petition Nakalema.
One of the issue raised relates to Human Resource matters in reference to IG employees who have been holding Regional Inspectorate Offices (RIOs) and Principal Inspectorate Offices (PIOs) in care taker capacity for now three years (counting from the FY2015/20016).
The petitioner also says the promise was to confirm them (as RIOs/PIOs for the various regional offices) after six months which hasn’t happened; that even without being confirmed, the officers have continued getting allowances for holding the positions in acting capacity.
The petitioner adds that they have been asserting themselves demanding confirmation in vain explanation being that there is no money for the additional wage bill; that management keeps telling them they don’t merit confirmation since they are just caretaking yet colleagues were previously confirmed under similar circumstances.
The whistle blower begs Lt. Col. Nakalema to intervene and stop the irregular recruitment. “To be honest with you with you, the Inspectorate of Government requires new leadership as soon as possible in any case it should have happened yesterday. The current Management are already operating they have left and do not care on the issues of staff. We beg the president to force her (Mulyagonja) resignation if possible,”
“Allegations of bribery among the IG staff are real. This is because the environment of work plans for the budget, to procurement of a service provider for construction of the IG headquarters, to training staff, to handling complaints/investigations and also prosecution. Without mentioning names, some staff are currently receiving bribes going as high as Shs350m over allegation. That partly explains why the IG is not performing’ the whistle blower concludes.
In response, Justice Mulyagonja told Mulengera Media that the whistle blower can take the matter to President Museveni if they feel they have a strong case. “If they think i have misconducted myself or become incompetent or become mentally incapable of doing my duties, I will go once they convince the President.”