DPP, IGG Play Down Clashes During Investigations

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One case that deputy IGG George Bamugemereire cited is the 2014 Katosi road scam that resulted in a financial loss of 24.7 billion Shillings to the Government of Uganda. He says many institutions were involved in investigating Katosi and after a few weeks, one of them said there was no evidence and recommended that the probe be halted. Bamugemereire says the office of the IGG decided to take the case forward. The Anti-corruption court in October ruled that there is a prima facie case and ordered involved officials to file defenses.

The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mike Chibita and Deputy Inspector General of Government (IGG) George Bamugemereire have played down questions that they clash during investigations of high profile corruption cases.
 
Whereas Justice Chibita says there has not been any clash between the two institutions, Bamugemereire says there are times when investigating institutions disagree on course and extent of the probe.
 
One case that Bamugemereire cited is the 2014 Katosi road scam that resulted in a financial loss of 24.7 billion Shillings to the Government of Uganda. He says many institutions were involved in investigating Katosi and after a few weeks, one of them said there was no evidence and recommended that the probe be halted. Bamugemereire says the office of the IGG decided to take the case forward. The Anti-corruption court in October ruled that there is a prima facie case and ordered involved officials to file defenses.
 
The Katosi case raised eyebrows in court when it came to notice that its file was not sanctioned by the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. The law requires all criminal files to be sanctioned by the DPP.  

Peter Mulira, a lawyer representing one of the Katosi suspects recently contested in the Constitutional Court the IGG's decision to institute criminal charges against suspects without the mandate.
 
Bamugemereire says the office of the IGG has been vindicated because evidence availed in the Katosi scam has passed a prima facie test.
 
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Bamugemereire says investigations are not like mathematics where one plus one equals two. He says investigations are judgmental and most cases are not straight forward.
 
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DPP Chibita said IGG and DPP compare notes when they learn that they are investigating same cases and decide who to proceed. He says there is no clash at all between the two institutions.
 
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The responses were triggered by questions raised during the Anti-corruption open day at the Anti-corruption Court, Kololo, today on conflicts between the two institutions during investigations.  

The open day session is part of activities that will climax on December 9th, the global anti-corruption day.
 
This year's anti-corruption day is themed "Restoring Integrity in Civil Service; Regaining Public Trust in the Anti-Corruption Fight." 
 
 
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.