The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) says the inspectorate has failed to prosecute high profile cases involving ministers and MPs due to lack of direct evidence pinning them.
IGG Irene Mulyagonja said it is difficult for them to prosecute the ministers since they are not signatories to ministry accounts thus the need for a new strategy.
Mulyagonja was appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee to defend the inspectorate’s budget estimates for the 2013/2014 financial year.
She calls for a new strategy to prosecute people where there is direct evidence implicating the ministers and politicians in corruption or loss of funds. This is because accounting officers in public service normally sanction money from the accounts which is then swindled by the politicians.
However, because of failure to provide proof beyond reasonable doubt in court, the Judges and Magistrates always release them.
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The most prominent case involving Cabinet ministers implicated in abuse of office and causing financial loss was in regard to the Commonwealth Heads of state meeting in 2007.
The ministers included Sam Kutesa, John Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana who were accused of causing financial loss of 14 billion shillings to government.
However Justice Paul Mugamba, the head of the Anti-Corruption Court, acquitted the ministers faulting prosecution for failing to make a case against the three ministers.
In his ruling at the time Justice Mugamba noted that it had become fashionable for the IGG to present weak cases before courts when they cannot secure conviction.
He said such cases waste time, resources and they erode the credibility of prosecution agencies.
Mulyagonja today says the people who made the decisions to prosecute must have had good reasons to prosecute and the courts pronounced themselves on the matter.