President Yoweri Museveni has inaugurated the Leadership Code Tribunal, ordering its members to rid public service of corruption and investigate leaders’ past crimes.
Museveni presided over the swearing in of the Leadership Code Tribunal members at State House, Entebbe, on July 24.
Dr Roselyn Karugonjo will head the tribunal while Asuman Kiyingi will be her deputy. Other members are Jane Arume, Didas Bakunzi and Joyce Nalunga.
The Ethics and Integrity Ministry has for years called on government to institute the tribunal, set up by the Leadership Code Act.
In 2010, Inspector General of Government (IGG) Raphael Baku called for the setting up of the tribunal after the Supreme Court ruled that the Inspectorate of Government (IG) had no powers to order for then Rubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi’s removal.
In 2005, the IGG ordered Lukyamuzi’s removal from office over non-declaration of wealth, contrary to the provisions of the Leadership Code.
But court ruled that the IG’s work should have stopped at investigating the matter. The inspectorate was supposed to forward its findings to a tribunal for a final decision on Lukyamuzi’s case.
According to the Act, the tribunal will handle matters of breach of the code that are referred to it by the Inspectorate of Government and recommend appropriate action.
At the inauguration, Museveni told Karugonjo and her team that the tribunal is the right place “where you deal with leaders for their past mistakes” and “help our people by perfecting the corruption fight.”
“We already have the police and IGG but we still have a lot of corruption in the public service; that is why I initiated the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House and now this tribunal,” he said.
He dismissed the argument that the institution of the tribunal meant duplication of anti-corruption units since there was already the IG and Anti-Corruption Unit in State House, saying these offices would supplement each other.