Corrupt Public Officials to be Retired in Public Interest

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This is one of the new anti-corruption measures to be adopted with effect from the financial year 2016/2017, announced at the presentation of the annual budget statement at Serena International Conference Center, Kampala.

Accounting Officers who do not account in full and in time for funds provided under their respective Ministries, Agencies and Local Governments will be recommended for removal in public interest, finance Minister-Designate Matia Kasaija has said.

This is one of the new anti-corruption measures to be adopted with effect from the financial year 2016/2017, announced at the presentation of the annual budget statement at Serena International Conference Center, Kampala.

"Corruption is multifaceted and appears in both grand and petty forms, impacting our people and country differently. Government is committed to combating corruption in all its forms," Kasaija said.

He said Government's approach to Anti-corruption has been to put in place institutional, administrative and legal measures to enhance its prevention, detection, investigation and deterrence. He however adds that new measures will be adopted in order to improve hitherto frustrated by high levels of corruption.

The other measures include strengthening the capacity for prevention and detection of corruption through implementing risk management and enhancing internal controls across Government.

Kasaija added that government will enhance Multi-Sectoral collaboration consisting of the Inspectorate of Government, Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority-PPDA, Office of the Auditor General, Internal Auditor General's Office, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, CIID and Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) among others.

He adds that deterrence of corruption will be enhanced through increased support to the Judiciary and other similar organizations for custodial sentences, plea bargain and asset recovery of ill-gotten wealth.

Kasaija is optimistic that this will enhance capacity to detect, investigate and successfully prosecute cases of corruption.

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Meanwhile Ministries and agencies will no longer hold workshops and training in hotels as government moves to stop wasteful expenditure and reduce the cost of public administration.

Kasaija while reading the 2016/2017 budget speech at Serena International Conference Center today. He says all government departments must hold workshops at their respective premises.

Kasaija, who was delegated by President Yoweri Museveni to read the budget, since he is not yet approved by Parliament, further says government officials will no longer be allowed to take trips abroad for bench-marking purposes.
 
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Kasaija says ministries will be restructured to improve efficiency. He added that accounting officers who do not absorb external finances for projects, which cause contract termination, will be penalized.

In the 2016/2017 budget, 18.4 trillion Shillings out of the 26.3 trillion Shillings budget has been allocated towards spending by ministries, departments and local governments.