20 December 2012

Uganda: Deputy Inspector General Named

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Deputy Inspector General of Government George Bamugemereire

The appointments committee of Parliament has approved George Bamugemereire as deputy Inspector General of Government.

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

To that Museveni reacted by nominating Andrew Munanura Karokora but later withdrew his name from Parliament and replaced it with Bamugemereire's.

Prior to his appointment, Bamugemereire was asked a number of questions including how he was going to handle the 'big' corrupt officials and whether he was a person of integrity.

He is said to have assured the committee that he is going to work hard to ensure that laws are implemented without fear or favour.

He is said to have told the committee that he was not in favour of prosecution of the corrupt in the courts of law because courts take long on cases and he assured them that the IGG has the capacity to penalise people found corrupt if they have enough evidence, rather than government wasting money to prosecute them.

After the closed door vetting exercise, chaired by Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga some of the committee members said they found Bamugemereire very resourceful and very informed.

"He is going to do a very good job," one of the members said.

On his appointment, Bamugemereire will work alongside Raphael Baku in deputising the substantive IGG, Irene Mulyagonja.

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