By Christopher Nyeko
Gulu: The Inspectorate of Government (IG) has tipped whistleblowers in Acholi to always take precaution when reporting cases of corruption to the relevant authorities.
Nicholas Kajura, the Northern Regional Head of Government, urged whistleblowers to embrace being unknown when reporting any person over maladministration, corruption, or any other ombudsman complaint.
Kajura was on Monday speaking to Gulu district technocrats and political leaders on Ombudsman Day at a boardroom session.
He notes that the majority of whistleblowers who report corrupt officials and misbehaving leaders are not prioritizing their personal safety; however, they are instead exposing themselves to the public with the intention of bragging about the vice that puts their lives at risk.
Kajura added that some whistleblowers go to the extent of writing and copying the people they are accusing, despite some of the allegations being very wild, and after investigation, the majority turn out to be false.
He reveals that corrupt people are very destructive, and once they learn that you have reported them to the government’s inspectorate, they will work to ensure that evidence is deleted. In that scenario, if the complainants are known, they will be the first targets.
Nsungwa Noeline, the supervisor of Ombudsman Programs at the Inspectorates of Government, urged the public to continue reporting corruption, abuses of office, leadership, poor code of conduct, and maladministration to IG.
Okumu John Livingstone Langol, one of the whistleblowers in Acholi, informed the IG about corruption at various district service commissions in Acholi.
He disclosed to IG that in Omoro district, people seeking employment opportunities are asked to pay up to $7 million for them to be recruited in the district, a matter he says IG should investigate.
Vicky Atim, vice chairperson of LCV Gulu district, however, requested the IG always hurry with investigations when cases are reported to them.
IG has the mandate to investigate corruption and the enforcement of leadership code acts in a bid to promote adherence to the rule of law and good government.
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