By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: The newly appointed head state house anti-corruption unit boss Brig Gen Henry Isoke says he is ready kick corruption out of the country.
In his remarks at the official handover/ take over of the office on Saturday, Isoke disclosed that he will keep his doors open to all stake holders willing to pattern with the unit in fight and defeat of corruption in Uganda.
”I will continue to seek support from all leaders including, religious, cultural and civil society organization leaders in this effort,” he pledged.
Isoke also disclosed that he will work with the police and courts of law to ensure more affirmative role in investing, hearing and disposing of corruption related cases.
”I will also work closely with the office of the DPP to have cases expeditiously sanctioned and presented for hearing by the courts,” he assured.
Isoke also pledged ”As a crack unit, our task is cut out for us to deliver results. By the end of this year, I expect better results than in each of the previous years that the unit has been in place.”
He noted this should be in terms of cases registered, cases investigated, cases prosecuted, convictions achieved and in terms of stolen funds recovered.
Isoke said together as a team they shall evolve innovative approaches in dealing with corruption, given the elusiveness of the perpetrators.
He also urged the general public to be vigilant noting that fighting corruption is a combined effort. ”You are the ears and eyes of the state, the war of corruption is ours,” Isoke noted.
“The people stealing government funds and denying you services are in your communities and midst. I will ensure that our communication channels remain open to receive genuine complaints and tips 24/7,” He said.
The head of state house anti-corruption unit also pledged to ensure professionalism by the unit in handling information received.
He also called for stronger partnership among the anti-corruption agencies and departments including; the Inspectorate of Government (IGG), the Parliament, the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), the office of the Auditor General, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Crime Intelligence, to mention but a few.
The head of state house anti-corruption unit also called for teamwork within the unit, diligence of staff, attention to detail, alertness and being incorruptible in order to set example to the public.
”I thank the entire team that has been working with Col Nakalema and I pledge to work with you to register greater success in the war against corruption in our motherland,” Isoke pledged.
About Brig Gen Henry Isoke
In 1986, he joined the National Resistance Army (NRA) now Uganda People’s Defense Forces as a private after he had just graduated.
He has attended a host of military courses including the Battalion Intelligence Officers Course (1987/1988, Uganda), Officer Basic Course (1992, Uganda), Brigade Officers’ Intelligence Course (Fort Houachuka, Arizona-USA,1996).
He trained at a Senior Staff and Command Course (Lusaka, Zambia, 2008), and Intelligence Course (National Defence School of Intelligence-DSI, Chicksands, UK, 2012).
He has attended to military and leadership institutes in the United Kingdom, Kenya and in many other European and African military academies.
Brig Isoke once served as head of Peace Operations Department at the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Secretariat in Nairobi.
Between 1997 and 1998, Brig Isoke was deployed to Bundibugyo Zone in the Rwenzori region to fight the ADF and between 2011 and 2012, he served in Mogadishu, Somalia under the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) to fight against Islamist militants al-Shabaab. He also spent a long time working with the CMI.
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