Newly appointed Deputy Inspector General of Government, Andrew Munanura Karokora says he will not be bogged down by lack of enabling laws and procedures in the fight against corruption but will shift the burden to the accused persons to explain their wealth.
Munanura was over the week appointed the second Deputy Inspector General of Government to deputise Irene Mulyagonja who recently assumed the office of Inspector General of Government - IGG.
Munanura, who holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of London, speaking from his office at Turipati building in Kabalagala says he is bringing expertise in prosecution to the IGG’s office.
He says it is prosecution that will scare off the corrupt and ensure that people get the services they desperately need.
Munanura says as per section 31 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009, if your property exceeds what you earn the person concerned should explain instead of shifting the burden to government to prove in courts of law.
He says if he can prove to court that one’s properties are disproportionate to his income that person will be sentenced to ten years adding that he cannot allow to be derailed when the public is crying about corruption.
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He says with his appointment, he is going to ensure he gets solutions to corruption outside the usual adding that he was not going to re-invent the wheel add unto already existing efforts in the anti-corruption fight.
Munanura, who has worked before as Assistant Revenue Officer Income Tax Department for four years, says he is looking at building relationships between the inspectorate of government and other organizations like the judiciary.
He said it is possible for them to agree on basic issues not to compromise on independence. He suggests that they can fast track corruption related cases and stop witnesses from refusing to testify in court and shield them from the rich sharks.
Munanura believes the best solution to fighting corruption lies in prosecution of cases adding that he knows the weaknesses of prosecutors. He says some of them come to court when they have never interfaced with their witnesses and many do not like reading as a way of preparing for cases.
Munanura says he wants to see corruption cases expedited so that corruption cases do not spend ten years in court which he says can only be achieved through collaboration with the judiciary. Munanura is happy that working with the judiciary would be easy especially with a boss who is a Judge.
Asked whether he was afraid of the corrupt, he wondered what they would do to him, adding that they were cowards who are afraid of the long arm of the law.
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Munanura explained that besides fighting corruption, the inspectorate of government is supposed to promote constitutionalism, enforce the observance of the rule of law.
When asked whether the public was about to see the IGG’s whip the police into place, Munanura said he sees police excesses adding that he is aware of the evolving nature of crime but added that instead of taking the law in their hands, the police can cause a change in the law.
Munanura also lecturers at the Law Development Centre and has taught Constitutional law to Administrative Officers.
Munanura attained his first degree in law at the University of Dar Es Salaam and also has a post graduate diploma in Law from the Law Development Centre and until his appointment was into private practice at Munanura – Mugabi & Company Advocates.