WE ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES TOO: IGG WRITES TO RUGUNDA ASKING TO BE ALLOWED TO OPEN OFFICES BUT PRIME MINISTER IGNORES HER FEARING TO ANNOY NAKALEMA
By Mulengera Reporters
Some days back the IGG Irene Mulyagonja wrote to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda seeking to be given a waiver to open offices and continue operating under the categorization of essential services.
And on getting the letter, Rugunda, fully aware that the big man from Rwakitura doesn’t want any other accountability institution competing to share the anti-corruption limelight with his blue eyed girl Edith Nakalema, reached out to Gen Museveni seeking his guidance.
Arguing that allowing the IG teams to resume working would open a Pandora’s Box by inspiring other agencies to seek similar waivers and in the process defeat the objective of the COVID19 local down, Gen Museveni declined and advised Rugunda to find a polite way of saying no to the IG’s request. Rugunda, who sources say fears antagonizing Col Nakalema (despite being way much higher than her in hierarchy) has since ignored the IGG’s request. “He hasn’t replied the letter and his belief is that the management at the IG will realize that is his polite way of saying no to their request to be authorized to reopen offices,” says a well-placed source inside Rugunda’s office.
Mulengera News understands that some senior detectives at the IG are envious seeing Col Nakalema, leading the State House anti-corruption unit (ACU) which they consider to be legally amorphous, continuing to still the shine of the graft fight as they themselves sink into irredeemable obscurity. Some have since reflected on the relevancy the IG office would have assumed if its detectives had had the opportunity to be the ones cracking the whip on PS Christine Kintu Guwatudde and other big names from the OPM.
During this lock down period, as the IG office remains closed ostensibly because it’s not part of the essential services in the President’s estimation, Col Nakalema has enjoyed the limelight and dominated the fight against corruption by going after pro-Abid Alam police officers in Kasanda, NAGRIC bosses led by Dr. Charles Lagu, officials of Kampala District Land Board and notorious Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa just to mention a few.
Yet in her operations, Nakalema has been cautious not to hurt the feelings of the top detectives at the IG by avoiding the IPS Building-based agency in favor of DPP’s office through which she gets her cases sanctioned for prosecution. And by remaining vague about the request for the office to be reopened under essential services, Premier Rugunda has caused some of the sharp IG detectives to feel very deflated at a time Col Nakalema, who they consider to be a rival in the graft fight, scales heights and makes a name for herself as currently Uganda’s most uncompromising anti-corruption Tsar.
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