The Deputy Inspector General of Government George Bamugemereire has decried the delayed appointment of a substantive Inspector General of Government-IGG noting that it is affecting the work of the Inspectorate of Government-IG.
The office of the IGG fell vacant on July 5th, 2020 following the expiry of the contract of Justice Irene Mulyagonja after serving for eight years and was immediately appointed to the Court of Appeal leaving the Inspectorate of Government without a substantive IGG.
Now, the Deputy IGG, Bamugemereire, says they cannot fully execute their mandate in the absence of a substantive IGG.
He told our reporter in an interview that after a careful study of the law they have established that there are certain things they can’t do in the absence of the IGG.
In the absence of the IGG, Bamugemereire says they can’t sign charge sheets, which require the consent of the IGG, Currently, all charge sheets are being forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) who has powers to prosecute.
Bamugemereire, however, said that they continue to carry out investigations, analyze cases, issue reports, directives and orders.
He, however, said despite the challenges the IG is running smoothly, adding that they are doing everything they can to keep it running.