By Spy Uganda
Kampala: The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has urged every eligible public servant to self-register online to declare their income, assets and liabilities as required by law, within three months after assuming the positions and six months after exiting the offices, and every after two years.
This follows the launch of the Self-Registration Module of the Inspectorate of Government Online Registration System (IG-ODS).
The Director of Leadership Code at the IG, Ms Annet Twine, explained that the new module caters for all new leaders and have to register on the online system in order to access the form to declare their wealth.
She revealed that those that are already in the system will be required to register through another segment called ‘self-invitation’ which will be inaugurated by January 2021.
The Deputy IGG, Mr George Bamugemereire, described the system as an invaluable tool in the enforcement of the Leadership Code because of its inherent capacity to hold a huge volume of data safely, securely and in a manner which it can be easily analysed.
He observed that upon acquiring leadership positions in public offices, the majority of leaders do not fulfil the legal requirement of declaring their wealth hence warning that all those who fail to comply with the legal requirement will be sanctioned.
While launching the module, the Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo, said the new digital system is a step forward in the fight against corruption.
Dr Roselyn Karugonjo-Segawa, the chairperson of the Leadership Code Tribunal, said that they will execute their mandate of adjudicating on matters related to breaches in line with the law.
The Inspectorate of Government was initially established by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) statute in 1988. However, with the promulgation of the Uganda Constitution in 1995, the Inspectorate of Government is now entrenched therein under chapter 13, which prescribes its mandate, functions and powers and other relevant matters.
The Inspectorate of Government is an independent institution charged with the responsibility of eliminating corruption, abuse of authority and of public office.
The powers as enshrined in the Constitution and IG Act include to; investigate or cause investigation, arrest or cause arrest, prosecute or cause prosecution, make orders and give directions during investigations; access and search – enter and inspect premises or property or search a person or bank account or safe deposit box among others.