There is a growing syndicate of corrupt officials within the public service.
According to the Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja, the group has infiltrated different ministries and is siphoning billions of shillings through the electronic payment systems.
Mulyagonja was speaking today at the launch of the Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) programme under the UK Department of International Development, which has provided 130 billion shillings to anti-graft agencies and civil society to support the fight against the vice.
Mulyagonja has asked the Ministry of Finance to have unlimited access to the Integrated Financial Management System, which is suspected to be a vehicle for the corrupt officials to swindle public funds.
The head of the DFID programme, Daniel Graymore says the programme will help the citizenry to engage the local governments on accountability and transparency issues.