The Head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Brig Gen Henry Isoke, has urged school head teachers to desist from corruption.
Addressing 370 head teachers of senior secondary schools from eastern Uganda at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi, on Wednesday, 06 September 2023, Brig Gen Isoke emphasized transparency, accountability, and fighting corruption.
He highlighted the different forms of corruption, including diversion of UPE/USE funds, having ghost teachers on payrolls, high absenteeism of teachers, inflation of nominal rolls to embezzle capitation grants, among others.
He further highlighted how corruption harms service delivery and threatens the educational system.
Brig Gen Isoke explained that government has put in place laws to promote transparency through decentralisation, encouraging citizen participation, enhancing ICT and protection of whistle-blowers, who play a vital role in the fight against corruption.
In conclusion, he reminded the participants that teachers are crucial in educating the youth about corruption and its consequences and therefore they should be role models in the fight against the vice.
The President acting under Article 99 (4) of the Constitution, established the State House Anticorruption Unit (ACU) on 10th December 2018.
It was created to coordinate citizen’s corruption complaints to the presidency with the population and the constitutionally mandated agencies—with a view to obtaining a speedy resolution to these complaints.
Working closely with the police, the judiciary and other anti-corruption agencies, a number of suspects have been arraigned in the courts of law on account of corruption.
The Unit has also been able to intervene in humanitarian crisis situations from rescuing distressed Ugandans from the bondage of slavery and abuse in the Middle east to distress calls from mothers whose babies were abducted. It is also worth noting that over Shs30 billion has been recovered and saved from various state institutions and returned to government