DPP Prosecutes Twice More Corruption Cases Compared to IGG Top story

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According to Mulyagonja, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions uses Police to investigate its cases compared to the Inspectorate of Government, which has about five staff in each regional office.

Statistics from the Anti-Corruption Court show that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions-DPP has prosecuted more than twice, the number of corruption cases compared to the Inspectorate of Government. Records obtained from the Anti-Corruption Court show that the DPP has prosecuted 708 out of the 1014 corruption cases presented before the Anti-Corruption Court since its inception in 2009.
  
This is more than double the 216 cases prosecuted by the Inspectorate of Government, the lead agency against corruption. The remaining 90 cases were prosecuted by Uganda Revenue Authority-URA. The Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja, attributes the low number of cases prosecuted by the Inspectorate to inadequate human resource.

 
According to Mulyagonja, the Directorate of Public Prosecutions uses Police to investigate its cases compared to the Inspectorate of Government, which has about five staff in each regional office. Mulyagonja explain that whenever she appears in parliament she appeals for additional funding for the recruitment of more staff to investigate corruption cases, in vain.

 
Cissy Kagaba, the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda, says there may be some loopholes in the law barring the Inspectorate of Government from handling certain corruption cases compared to the DPP who has liberty to handle any corruption case as long as it is criminal in nature. She also sides with the IGG on inadequate staffing and funding.
 

Background
 

The Inspectorate of Government is an independent institution charged with the responsibility of eliminating corruption, abuse of authority and of public office. The powers as enshrined in the Constitution and IG Act include to; investigate or cause investigation, arrest or cause arrest, prosecute or cause prosecution, make orders and give directions during investigations; access and search - enter and inspect premises or property or search a person or bank account or safe deposit box among others.

 
Its mandate is to eliminate corruption, promote and foster the rule of law and principles of natural justice in public offices and enforce the Leadership Code of Conduct.