President Museveni has named Mariam Wangadya Fauzat, the former Commissioner at the Uganda Human Rights Commission, as the second deputy Inspector General of Government.
Presidential Press Secretary Tamale Mirundi confirms this development.
Wangadya’s appointment now makes the office of the IGG fully constituted following last year’s land mark Constitutional Court ruling that ruled that it’s illegal for the office of the IGG to investigate and prosecute graft cases when it’s not fully constituted with a substantive IGG and two deputies.
Wangadya now joins George Bamugemereire to deputise Justice Irene Mulyagonja, the substantive IGG.
For over one year, the prosecuting mandate of the IGG had been frozen following the April 15, 2012 landmark Constitutional Court ruling that held that the Inspectorate of Government cannot investigate and prosecute corruption cases since it was not fully constituted with a substantive IGG and two deputies.
The ruling followed a successful petition filed by cabinet ministers, Sam Kutesa, John Nasasira and Mwesigwa Rukutana; who challenged the legitimacy of the composition of the IGG. The ministers were accused of abuse of office and causing financial loss of 14 billion shillings ahead of the 2007 Chogm summit in Kampala. Court has since acquitted the ministers, citing lack of incriminating evidence adduced by the prosecution.
Born in the current Bulambuli district in Eastern Uganda, Wangadya is a graduate of law from Makerere University. She began her career when she enrolled as a High Court advocate in 1993.
Shortly after, she enrolled as a high court advocate before into private practice by being a partner in a law firm in Mbale district.
She quit the private practice after three years following her appointment by President Museveni as one of the pioneer commissioners of the Uganda Human Rights Commission in 1996.
Her contract had been renewed three times.