Civil Society Organizations in Kigezi region have asked President Yoweri Museveni to assent to the Non-Conviction Based Asset Recovery Bill in order to recover government funds that get lost through corruption and embezzlement.
Non-conviction based Asset Recovery is a procedure that provides for the seizure and forfeiture of stolen assets without the need for a criminal conviction.
Speaking to press at the launch of the Anti-corruption week activities for Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) in Kabale, the Executive Director of Kick Corruption out of Uganda, Robert Kakuru Byamugisha said a conviction based asset recovery policy is not helping the government to recover funds lost through corruption and embezzlement because it imposes an unrealistic burden of proof on the prosecution.
Byamugisha said if the Non-Conviction Based Asset Recovery Bill is assented to, corrupt government officials will fear to misappropriate the taxpayer’s money and this will improve service delivery. He also said that the Whistleblowers’ Protection Law should be expedited so that witnesses are protected.
The FOWODE Field Officer for Kabale, Dorothy Kesiime, said that if the bill is signed, it will be very easy for the government to recover a lot of money from corrupt government officials. She also asked the public to report corrupt officials in their communities to responsible offices so that they are disciplined.
The Kabale District Principal Assistant Secretary, James Mugisha said that they recently held the meeting with the inspectorate of government of Uganda and expect president Museveni to assent to the Non-Conviction Based Asset Recovery Bill.