18 August 2012

Uganda: I Will Go After People Who Misuse Taxpayers' Money - New Deputy IGG

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Uganda President Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Andrew Munanura Karokora as deputy Inspector General of Government subject to approval by the Parliament.

In his maiden interview with the New vision, Karokora outlined some of his priorities and said that he will go after those people who misuse taxpayers' money.

The deputy press secretary Lindah Nabusayi revealed on Saturday that Karokora's name has been submitted to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga for approval as stipulated in the constitution.

Upon confirmation of his appointment, Karokora will be one of the two deputy IGGs alongside Raphael Baku.

Early this year, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Inspectorate of Government could not carry on with its work until the office is fully constituted.

This affected the prosecution of corruption cases by the ombudsman.

Karokora's appointment means that the office of the ombudsman is fully constituted, with the Justice Irene Mulyagonja as the full IGG, with two deputies. The other deputy is the old-timer Raphael Baku.

Karokora, the deputy IGG designate is a son of the retired High Court Judge Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora - determined to carry on the family's legacy in the legal profession.

Presently, he is a senior partner with Munanura-Mugabi & Co. Advocates.

He will also promote the message to the youths and middle-aged Ugandans to delay gratification and save.

He is astute and aware of the challenges that come with his new job. "People who misuse public resources are networked, and they easily compromise the systems which we use to track them. That is the biggest challenges."

Born March 26, 1969, he holds a Masters in Law from University College London.

He studied from Ntare School in Mbarara for his secondary education before pursuing his first degree in law from University of Dar es salaam before joining the Law Development Centre in Kampala for the postgraduate diploma in legal practice.

He also holds a post-graduate diploma in taxation and revenue administration.

He has worked with the Uganda Revenue Authority as assistant revenue officer in the Income Tax department.

He was also deputy registrar in the Tax Appeals Tribunal and was lecturer at the Law Development Centre.

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