Officials from anti- corruption agencies have carried out an on spot check at Lukaya Weigh Bridge in Lukaya town council in Kalungu district. The officials paid an impromptu visit to the bridge on Tuesday led by Maxwell Ogentho, the Director of public Affairs Office of the Auditor General and Polly Muhairwe, the Director of Regional Offices Inspectorate of Government.
The team, comprising of officials from the Inspectorate of Government – IGG, office of the Auditor General, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority and Police among others, interviewed the personnel at the weigh bridge on the conduct of their work and the challenges they face. They also spoke to truck drivers about the service delivery at the weigh bridge.
The on spot check was part of the activities to commemorate the anti-corruption week that was flagged off by Haji Ali Kirunda Kivenjinja, the first Deputy Prime Minister at the CHOGM gardens in Kampala on Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the exercise, Maxwell Ogentho said they decided to conduct the exercise to get firsthand information on service delivery challenges.
He explained that from their interactions with the weigh bridge operators and truck drivers they have learnt something.
Isaac Ssekasamba, the Lukaya Weigh Bridge Operator told the officials they have put in place several measures to stamp out corruption. He however, said even this, some of the drivers still try to bribe them.
Some of the drivers who spoke to the officials complained of delays and double checks. Henry Kirya, a driver from Jinja claimed that they spend a lot of time at weighing bridges. He also claimed that even when they present receipts of clearance from other stations they are subjected to fresh checks, which he said is time wasting.