IGG, Lokodo Clash Over Leadership Code Bill
Uganda’s Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja and Ethics and Integrity Minister, Reverend Father Simon Lukodo, have disagreed over some provisions in the proposed Leadership Code Amendment Bill 2016, according to local news agency, Uganda Radio Network.
The bill, which was tabled by Lokodo two weeks ago before Parliament, seeks to amend the Leadership Code Act to set up a tribunal to hear cases of leaders implicated for failing to declare their wealth.
“This Bill has been on the shelf for 12 years. Once passed, it will plug a number of loopholes in the principal Act as has been ably highlighted by courts over the years,” Lokodo said.
Once approved the Tribunal will have powers of High court to hear and pass judgment on the leaders who fail to abide by the Code. The bill also seeks to repeal sections 19 (1), 20 (1) and 35 (b), (c) that were declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court because they fetter the discretion given to the President under the constitution.
The Leadership Code Act provides for minimum standard of behaviour and conduct for leaders and requires leaders to routinely declare their income, assets and liabilities as one of the ways to prevent those with access to the public purse from fraudulently enriching themselves.
However, according to local news agency, URN, the IGG told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee on Wednesday that the clauses shouldn’t be repealed, saying it will trim the tribunal’s powers to recommend dismissal of leaders found guilty of breaching the leadership code.