Uganda State Home Investigates ICT Ministry Misconduct

Following the whistleblower allegation relating to nepotism and corruption on the Ministry of ICT and Nationwide Steering, the spokesperson for The State Home Anti-corruption stated that the unit has began an investigation into the raised allegations.

Accessible info relating to the occasion states that there had been allegations of nepotism, corruption, and mismanagement in the course of the improvement of the Parish Base Administration Info System, which is developed with the purpose to assist the Parish Improvement Mannequin. 

In her public assertion shared with the media, the spokesperson of the Unit Ms. Mariam Natasha Odukaa stated that officers and investigators from the unit had visited the workplace of the ministry which is positioned in Kampala, the capital metropolis of Uganda, and confiscated digital gadgets together with cellphones and computer systems from the workplace and likewise from among the employees.

The investigators visited the workplace of the ministry in Kampala on Might 4. Ms. Oduka additionally made it clear that the unit has not made any official arrest within the case and that the officers and investigators of the unit had been at the moment analyzing the correctness of the allegations raised by the whistleblower. 

In line with the allegations made by the whistleblower, there had been critical points related to the event of the Parish-Based mostly Administration Info System(PBMIS).

The system was developed with the main purpose to assist the Parish Improvement Mannequin(PDM), which is likely one of the flagship applications of the federal government. The whistleblower raises critical allegations like corruption, nepotism, and mismanagement in the course of the improvement of the PBMIS.

Together with the stated allegations, the whistleblower additionally raised critical different acquisitions like mismanagement of the funds associated to the challenge, which was truly meant for innovation hubs, and likewise relating to the price of promoting deal for this system with a neighborhood tv station. 

The information and updates relating to the continuing investigation had been additionally confirmed by the everlasting secretary of the ministry, Ms. Amina Zawedde. She confirmed the investigation by her assertion throughout an interview she had with a newspaper on Wednesday.

Zawedde additionally added that the cellphones that had been confiscated from her subordinates by the investigators had been retired and likewise said that each one the staff and organs of the ministry had been corporating within the ongoing investigation. 

Ms. Amina Zewadde additionally confronted completely different allegations towards her by the whistleblower and she or he made clarifications relating to these allegations too.

Within the interview, she talked on the actual fact in regards to the information relating to appointing her sister to a job on the ministry. She said that the information was not true and that she doesn’t have any kin working on the Ministry of ICT and Nationwide Steering.

Zawdde ended her assertion by saying that she is somebody who’s towards the thought of corruption and that the staff on the ministry try their finest to keep away from the observe of corruption and likewise to enhance the effectivity of their operations. 

The Space Of Investigation

The prime focus of the continuing investigation is the Parish-Based mostly Administration Investigation System(PBMIS).

It’s a system that’s developed with an purpose to seize all the information of the households that obtain advantages from the Shs1.14 trillion PDM challenge.

The allegations raised by the whistleblower recommend that the technocrats have spent round Shs 12 billion which was truly meant for the event of the challenge. 

In line with the everlasting secretary of the ministry, Ms. Zewdde although the system continues to be underneath improvement, it’s working and the ministry has been utilizing it.

Ms. Zewdde added that round 50% work of including the main points of every family that had benefited from the challenge has been accomplished utilizing the system.

She additionally added that the rationale behind accumulating the main points of every family that obtains the advantages is that it’ll present the ministry with the main points of all those that are eligible for the challenge. Zewdde expressed her confidence within the system and said that it was working.

She even went on to ask individuals who had been nonetheless skeptical in regards to the working of the system to the ministry in order that they may see the system bodily.

She even went on to state that she is going to maintain a press convention quickly and can present the nation the working of the system, which can show all of the allegations raised towards the ministry false. 

In mild of the latest allegations and statements towards the system and its performance, Mr Godfrey Kabyanga, who’s the junior minister in Cost of Nationwide Steering has additionally confirmed that the system functioned successfully earlier this month.

In a press release given to the media by Kabyanga in the course of the launch of the Pearl of Africa Civic Engagement Tutorial Undertaking in February, he said that the system was functioning successfully and that round 48% of knowledge had been collected from completely different households. 

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The ministry is at the moment growing completely different different applied sciences that might assist the ministry to digitalize most of its operations.

Together with the comfort and effectiveness of those digital strategies, they’re additionally anticipated to cut back corruption which is claimed to be a critical subject with the ministry. Ms. Zewdde has confirmed the information relating to the event of recent applied sciences for the ministry. 

Among the many allegations made by the whistleblower, the one relating to the promoting contract was additionally defended by the everlasting secretary of the ministry.

The allegations recommend that the contract has defied the presidential directive which says that each one authorities promoting contacts ought to be directed to the nationwide broadcaster UBC.

In her clarification for the allegation, Zewdde said that the contract between the TV station and the ministry passed off earlier than the problem of the presidential directive. She additionally added that the TV station had labored in partnership with UBC and had run completely different authorities applications collectively. 

The allegations relating to nepotism in recruitment and promotions together with the mismanagement of NIISP had been additionally tackled by Zewdde.

She said that they’ve availed every piece of knowledge to the individuals who had been finishing up the investigations and likewise that the unit was able to subject extra info if wanted.

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