By our reporter
The Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja, should be very unhappy with President Museveni’s remarks during the State of Nation #SoN address on Wednesday.
Mulyagonja is spitting fire after Mr Museveni said her officer was ineffective and that he had created a new unit under his office to fight corruption. The new unit is headed by Mr James Tweheyo, the former Secretary General of Uganda National Teachers Union.
The IGG has since insinuated in an interview with Daily Monitor newspaper that it is Mr Museveni protecting the corrupt officers who she called “powerful thieves”. She added that they used their connection with the principal office to frustrate investigations and prosecution.
Daily Monitor reported on Friday that the IGG told their reporter that the most corrupt government officials were connected to the Head of State and were “hiding behind” his back, and that her office had “junior” officers who cannot touch these “powerful thieves”.
Ms Mulyagonja said that she was being fought by the “powerful thieves”, who have succeeded to bring her down.
However Mulyagonja says she will not resign with two years left to her contract, but admitted that she is frustrated in her work.
The IGG told Daily Monitor that “I do not resign anyhow and I have only two years remaining to finish my contract.”
Mulyagonja said she will continue working with her “junior” officers who are being undermined, and let Museveni’s special unit in his office to the “senior role”.
After Museveni’s State-of-the-Nation remarks, the IGG told a press conference at her office that she welcomed the creation of the new anti-corruption unit.
However, she told off Museveni saying whether he was happy or not with her work, she was not bothered. She said she does not report to President Museveni but Parliament, and that the House was happy with her work.
She told the daily that, “We serve the nation and if the Head of State alone is not happy and goes public, the rest are happy. In such a situation my work is to give information and the information is that though we are posted by the President, we report to parliament. Parliament is happy with my reports and they know our challenges”.
She admitted some of her staff are not credible but said those against whom complaints have been reported have been subjected to the internal investigation and disciplinary process.