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Raising Awareness on Asset Recovery
Participants at the Asset Recovery Workshop

Kampala. More than 35 key stakeholders in the Justice system have taken part in a one-day awareness-raising workshop on Asset Recovery at the Serena Hotel. The workshop was a joint venture between the Judicial Training Institute and Strengthening Uganda's Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) programme.

Hon. Justice Richard Buteera of the Supreme Court opened the training on behalf of the Chief Justice.

In the opening remarks, the Chief Justice emphasized the need for asset recovery for people convicted of corruption.

"As a country, we have the relevant legal machinery to deal with this cancer (corruption) but critics have argued that merely convicting the corrupt without depriving them of what they acquired through corrupt tendencies is not sufficient. Such wealth should be recovered and the proceeds be remitted to state confers."

Effective Asset Recovery is one of the high-level ambitions and a key focus of the SUGAR programme.

According to Ms. Janine Raunch, the Director Technical Advisory Facility SUGAR TAF, the decision to hold this training is based on the recognition that the "proceeds of corruption are the very essence of what perpetuates corrupt practices."

The workshop whose overall aim was to raise the awareness about asset recovery and it's potential effects was facilitated by Mr. Andrew Mitchell QC,an international asset recovery practitioner.

The workshop drew a cross-section of participants who included senior judicial officers, the Director of Public Prosecution as well as representatives from the Inspectorate of Government among others.

In 2015, the Government of Uganda and the Government of the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a five-year Strengthening Uganda's Anti-Corruption Response (SUGAR) programme.

Posted 7th, November 2017
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