10 January 2013

Uganda: Govt Amends Leadership Code Act for Tough Sanctions

Leaders who fail to declare their wealth in time as required by the law risk losing their offices, according to an amendment proposed by the Government on the Leadership Code Act, 2002.

State minister for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo said Wednesday that a Cabinet Memo has been forwarded to Cabinet for the amendment to be put on order paper for approval.

"Anybody who does not submit declaration form in time risks losing his or her position," he warned.

He explained that they had come up with the amendment because "many leaders have been defying this principle and going scotch free."

Leaders are required by law to declare their wealth, that of their children and spouses every after two years to the Inspector General of government. A leader who knowingly or recklessly gives false or insufficient declaration breaches the code.

Leaders who must declare their wealth include the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Speaker, deputy Speaker, judges of courts of judicature, magistrates, presidential advisors, ambassadors, Resident district Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officers.

Lokodo revealed that the Government would put in place tribunals to handle grievances by the leaders.

In 2005, the IGG recommended the removal of Rubaga south John Ken Lukyamuzi from parliament for failing to declare his wealth in accordance with the leadership code.

Lukyamuzi petitioned high court to challenge his removal from parliament but lost the petition. He appealed the ruling in the Supreme Court and won the petition.

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