JLOS participates in 2014 anti-corruption week
The Justice law and Order Sector (JLOS) held a high level breakfast meeting on 04th December 2014 at Hotel African to discuss key issues in regard to the fight against corruption in Uganda, but with specific focus to the sector. This meeting was organized in partnership with stakeholders from the Accountability Sector as part of the buildup events towards the commemoration of the 2014 International Anti-Corruption week.
The theme of the dialogue was: “Fighting corruption in JLOS: A collective effort to promote integrity and enhance access to JLOS services for all”. The meeting was officiated by Hon. Justice Lawrence Gidudu, the deputy head of the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala. He noted that there is great urgency needed in the fight against corruption. He also said that currently there is a scheme of lawyers who forge death certificates of criminal suspects they represent in order to help them escape prosecution. He condemned this kind of behavior and called upon members to be on the lookout for such people. Justice Irene Mulyagonja, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) commended JLOS for joining the Accountability Sector in the fight against corruption.
Relatedly, he Justice Law and Order Sector teamed up with partners from the Accountability Sector in a 2-day anti-corruption exhibition held at Nakumatt Oasis Mall in Kampala on the 4th - 5th December 2014. Institutions from the anti-corruption sector included; the Inspectorate of Government, Office of the Auditor General, Directorate of Ethics and Integrity and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority.
Public dialogue on anti-corruption
On December 4, 2014, the sector held a high level public dialogue on Anti-Corruption on 4th at the Imperial Royale Hotel Kampala. The public dialogue was officiated by Mr. Charles Elem Ogwal, the Chairperson of the Technical Committee. The theme of the dialogue was: “Building synergies in the fight against corruption to improve the administration of Justice and the rule of law in Uganda”. The theme underpinned two critical results of the fight against corruption, that is: the need to build partnerships (public and Private) to fight corruption in Justice Service delivery; and the realization of improved administration of Justice and the rule of law.
The objective of the dialogue was to discuss and reflect on the challenge of corruption that has bedeviled many public Institutions. Recent Anti-Corruption Surveys reveal that several JLOS Institutions appeared among the top most corrupt institutions in Uganda.
Ms Cissy Kagaba, Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Coalition of Uganda (ACCU) commended the sector on adopting and implementing various anti corruption measures citing the implementation of the JLOS Anti-Corruption Strategy as a necessary and welcome intervention. Ms Kagaba also commended the Sector for building synergies with civil society where information has been shared and action taken at the various levels of engagement.
Mr. Tadeo Asiimwe, Inspector of Courts in the Judiciary said that Corruption was a serious cancer and that need serious interventions for it to be combated successfully.
The Director Project Monitoring at the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) Mr.James Penywii, stated that Corruption was an evil cutting across all Institutions in both the Private and Public Sector. He also emphasized that JLOS must work within it’s member institutions to come up with strategies and devise action plans to fight corruption and make sure they are implemented.
Mr. Sentamu George Williams, from the Uganda Police in his submission said that the Uganda Police Force had developed new departments and directorates such as the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) which trains Police Officers to go out to the field and sensitize the community on crimes like corruption; and the Directorate of legal Services and Human Rights which focuses on handling complaints from the public – some of which may be related to corruption.