Parliament Questions Lifestyle Audit
Members of Parliament’s Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee have challenged the Inspector General of Government (IGG) on her proposed lifestyle audit as a measure to curb the rampant corruption in Uganda. MPs questioned the legal basis of the lifestyle audit, saying its implementation contravenes the constitution.
The IGG is also seeking funding to replace the fleet of four cars that were ravaged by the Parliament avenue suicide bombing last year.
This was during the consideration of the 2022/2023 Ministerial policy statement for the Inspectorate of Government, where MPs tasked the IGG to explain how lifestyle audit will be conducted and what mechanisms have been put in place to shield civil servants from a witch hunt.
Committee members wondered why the Inspectorate of government has chosen to go after complex corruption cases yet there are Ugandans who are openly stealing and sinking the stolen money in the real estate sector.
However, Kamya defended the lifestyle audit remarking that it is one of the methods the IGG used in pinning former Principal Accountant Office of Prime Minister Geoffrey Kazinda because he failed to explain to the court how he had acquired his wealth. Kamya however agreed with MPs on the need for new legislation to support the implementation of the lifestyle Audit.
Beti Kamya has admitted that she is yet to start investigations into the funeral expenditure of former Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, she is waiting for the dust to settle down before the probe is initiated.
The Inspector-General of Government is also seeking more funds to replace the four cars which perished in the bomb blast at parliamentary avenue in November last year.
In the 2022/2023 national budget, the IG office has been allocated Shs67.737Bn an increment from the Shs53.437Bn the agency was allocated in the 2021/2022 budget.