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New IGG Mulyagonja Sworn In At State House

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Mulyagonja now officially occupies the office to which she was appointed in April.

Speaking at the function, Museveni said the office of the IGG is a very serious responsibility that calls for justice to all manners of people without affection or ill will.

“The responsibilities you have are very serious responsibilities because it means administering justice to all manners of people without affection or ill will. That is very serious work because many people suffer from affection, others from ill will and some want favours,” said Museveni.

Museveni also cleared the air on the fate of the deputy IGG Raphael Baku, saying he would soon appoint another deputy to supplement the latter’s efforts to investigate corruption in the country.

Reports earlier indicated that Museveni had fired Baku following a request by Mulyagonja.

“It is quite an undertaking. We shall have to fill up the post of another deputy so that they are two. We already have one deputy Bakku, am hunting for another one,” said the President.

The oath was administered by the Head of Civil Service John Mitala and witnessed by the Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanya and Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Kahinda Otafiire.

Others included Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo, IGP Kale Kayihura, the Commissioner General for Prisons Johnsohn Byabasaija, Head of Service John Mitala, Secretary to the Judiciary Okalany and secretary to the IGG Bageya Waiswa.

The President, who congratulated Justice Mulyagonja upon her appointment, said these institutions were put in place by the NRM government for the purpose of protecting the public against the mistakes of government leaders.

He said these institutions were not there before but the NRM government put them in place to protect the people against the mistakes of leaders; all of them except the parliament.

“The local councils etc were designed to supervise the work of government officials. There were gombolola chiefs but we put LC3 chairpersons, there were District Commissioners but we put LC5. The issue was not for running the districts but for protecting the people,” said Museveni

“On the legal side there are judges, there were the legal systems for litigation but we thought there should be another channel were people run for complaining or reporting corruption. If all these systems were working well the people of Uganda would be safe from corruption and criminality but sometimes people can’t connect why we have them,” he said.

Justice Mulyagonja, who was accompanied by her mother Perida Mulyagonja and daughters Gabriella J. Kakooza and Elizabeth Kakooza, was first appointed Judge in 2008 and has been working in the commercial Division of the High court.

She becomes the fourth IGG since 1986 after Augustine Ruzindana, Jothan Tumwesigye and Justice Faith Mwonda. Raphael Bakku has been the acting IGG.

Born in 1963, she attended Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga for both O and A-level before joining Makerere University where she studied law.

She later did her Masters at the University of Zimbabwe. Justice Mulyagonja is married to J.B Kakooza and they have three children.

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