IGG Thrown Out Of Parliament

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The Acting Inspector General of Government, Raphael Baku was today turned away from Parliament, where he was scheduled to defend the inspectorate budget for 2011/2012 financial year.

The Acting Inspector General of Government, Raphael Baku was today turned away from Parliament, where he was scheduled to defend the inspectorate budget for 2011/2012 financial year.
 
Members of Parliament sitting on the Legal Affairs Committee found out that it was not fit for an acting IGG to defend the budget. Baku has been serving as IGG in acting capacity since April 2009, when he replaced Justice Faith Mwondha. Ironically, for the past three years Baku has defended the budget before the same Committee that rejected his submissions today.

But MPs argue that the Constitution clearly states that only a substantive IGG or deputy IGG, with permission from the IGG can defend the budget.

Stephen Tashobya, the chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee ruled that there’s need to consult with the Attorney General over the matter. He notes that these are constitutional concerns that need to be deliberated on before approving the budget.

Fox Odoi, a former legal aide to the president and now MP for West Budama North, contended that the constitution stipulates that an Inspectorate of Government shall consist of an IGG and two deputies. With this at hand, Odoi said the office of the IGG was wrongly constituted and could not be in a position to defend the budget.

Kibanda MP, Amooti Otada pointed out that the 8th parliament had questioned the structure of the Inspectorate of Government (IG). He had moved a motion in parliament demanding for answers as to who was the IGG then, yet parliament was using up the public funds. An IGG was then appointed but to date, Otada notes that the inspectorate is not fully constituted. He says it is not right for parliament to listen to the concerns of the IGG without instruments of power.

Baku admitted that the inspectorate of government is wrongly constituted as per the law requirements. He however, was quick to point out the matter is already in the Constitutional Court awaiting determination. Recently the former vice president, Gilbert Bukenya lodged a petition arguing that an acting IGG cannot prefer charges against anybody because he is not substantively appointed.

Baku is of the opinion that a deputy IGG can execute duties on behalf of the IGG. He is however, confident that the inspectorate shall function normally three months from now without funding hitches. Baku also admitted that he does not have written instructions showing he is the acting IGG.

In 2009, President Museveni ordered Justice Faith Mwondha not to return to office until the Constitutional Court ruled on whether Parliament should vet her reappointment as Inspector General of Government. The court made its verdict that it was a requirement for Parliament to vet her for the second term in office.

Baku notes that he is not aware whether the president withdrew the appointment but he was instructed to take over the affairs of the Inspectorate.