Journalist Petitions Court Over Information Denial

there geneva;”> In a petition that he filed last week at the civil division of the High Court, there Sekyewa through Center for Legal Aid, this argues that the Leadership Code Act 2002 sets prerequisites for public officials and leaders at a certain level to declare their wealth once every two years.

He adds that the same Act sets minimum standards of behaviour and conduct for leaders.

“However, it is difficult to access and scrutinise wealth declarations submitted by leaders to the Inspectorate of Government,” argues Sekyewa.


In his sworn affidavit, in support of the petition, Sekyewa states that government has declined to form a Leadership Code Tribunal despite Parliament’s approval endorsement.

In 2010, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) by then, Raphael Baku requested Parliament to set up a tribunal to handle MPs accused of violating the Leadership Code.

However, that has not been formed, thus rendering the Leadership Code of Conduct unenforceable.

Parliament amended the Constitution in 2005 to establish Leadership Code Tribunal to enforce the Leadership Code of conduct.

Court documents show that, Sekyewa petitioned the Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja in February this year.

He requested for copies of written declarations of income, assets and liabilities submitted by all permanent secretaries.

But in her letter dated February 14, 2013, the IGG declined on grounds that the statutory form through which such information can be accessed, is not in existence.

Sekyewa asserts that the failure to access the information he sought, made it difficult to complete a commissioned investigative journalism report which he had been commissioned to do.

The Government chief legal advisor the Attorney General (AG), is listed as the respondent in the suit.

Raphael Baku, the Inspector General of Government (IGG), wants Parliament to set up a tribunal to handle MPs accused of violating the Leadership Code.

In 2005, Rubaga South MP, Ken Lukyamuzi was removed from Parliament following a protracted dispute with the IGG over his non-declaration of wealth.

However, the Supreme Court in March ruled that he was improperly expelled.

The court ruled that the IGG was not the appropriate tribunal to direct his removal since it was the IGG who investigated the case.

It ruled that the tribunal should have been in place to hear the case against Lukyamuzi and make a decision.

Sekyewa still holds his ground.

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