The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Beti Olive Kamya, has expressed concern over the laxity exhibited by the public in helping the inspectorate to execute the lifestyle audit, noting that acts of fear to demand accountability have complicated their fight against corruption.
According to Kamya, the scheme is on course and should be used to promote the partnership between the public and the inspectorate.
“We told people you are the one who knows, we sitting here in Kampala, I don’t own the houses of the public officers, Bring the information and we shall use our mandate and our authority to investigate and bring them to book,” she said.
She rallied the members of the public not to settle for poor service delivery, asking them to report poor services offered by any public servant.
“Ugandans are entitled to quality services from public servants. They must have a sense of entitlement because they pay for the services. So, this engagement is particularly important to broaden the understanding that corruption is not just embezzlement of funds, which is what people are used to, “she noted.
She stated that corruption is not just recruitment of people who are not qualified because they paid the district service commission, not just stealing of money but it is beyond that.
“We have received the request from members of the public to confirm whether so and so declared his property,” she said while speaking during an engagement with stakeholders ahead of the annual ombudsman day celebrations slated for today Thursday.
The ombudsman day held every 2nd Thursday of October is aimed at raising awareness about the mandate of the ombudsman
She noted that Ugandans should not neglect their mandate to demand quality service delivery from public officers and report cases of absenteeism since it’s another form of corruption that is eating up public offices.