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Frequenty Asked Questions(FAQs)
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Will it cost me anything to lodge a complaint?
No, there is no charge for the ACU to receive your information.
Will I need a lawyer?
You do not need to retain a lawyer to report suspected corrupt conduct to the ACU.
Why report corruption?
Corrupt activity left unchecked can: o Lead to funding being diverted away from public services that support you and your family o Waste public money and resources o Undermine people’s trust and respect in government o Support ongoing criminal activity o Damage reputations of individuals, colleagues, organisations and the whole public sector. Corruption hurts everyone. Help prevent corruption Reporting corrupt activity helps Government of Uganda: o Expose corrupt activities and risks that may otherwise remain hidden o Provide assurances that dishonest practices are disrupted and stopped o Ensure that public sector employees act in the public interest o Identify corruption trends, issues and potential risks
Who can lodge a complaint with the ICAC?
Any member of the public, including public officials, can lodge a complaint but the matter must concern suspected corrupt conduct affecting the Government public sector.
What will happen to my matter?
All reports and complaints received that are within the ACU's jurisdiction are considered by an internal committee made up of senior officers – the Assessment Panel. This Panel decides on the action the ACU will take: o Refer the matter to another agency or take no action o Request an investigation and report-back by another agency o Conduct assessment enquiries o Provide corruption prevention analysis and/or advice o Undertake an investigation.
What is corruption?
Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. It can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
What details do I need to make a complaint?
To assess your information fully, you should let us know: o what happened o when it occurred o who was involved (including names and titles of public officials) o why you consider the conduct corrupt o whether you have any documents that might support your allegations o who else you have reported it to and what response have you received, if any.
What are the different kinds of corruption?
Grand corruption-These are acts committed at high levels of the government that distort policies or the central functioning of the State, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty corruption -This refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low and midlevel public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens in places like play their role by conducting themselves with integrity, report corruption wherever they witness it and demand accountability from those holding public office. Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth
What are the causes of corruption?
Even though we cannot exactly point to one specific reason as to why societies are plagued by corruption, the following are some of the causes of corruption. Impunity, Greed, selfishness and excessive love of material things, Nepotism, favouritism and tribalism, Abuse of power, Lack of political will, transparency and accountability
How will I find out what has happened with my complaint?
In the event you share your contact details. You will be notified in writing of the ACU’s decision after the matter has been reported to the Assessment Panel.