The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has assured the Inspectorate of Government of Parliament’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption.
Rt. Hon. Kadaga made the remarks while officiating at the launch of the Online Declaration System (ODS), an online platform that replaces manual declaration of income, assets and liabilities by leaders as specified in the Leadership Code Act 2002.
“Parliament is available and will assist the Inspector General of Government (IGG) in the fight against corruption,” Kadaga promised, adding that the vice, if not curbed, has the potential of destroying the country.
“This morning I heard on radio that the Internal Security Organization boss has said corruption has reached proportions of destroying the country and we must all act fast and step up our efforts against the vice,” the Speaker said.
The Speaker also directed the Uganda Communications Commission to use part of the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) to ensure leaders in the remote areas of the country access internet and submit their declarations.
“Distant places like Kaabong district need support from the Ministry of ICT and Uganda Communications Commission so that people from there do not travel in such for internet access,” she added.
The State Minister of Ethics and Integrity in the Office of the President, Hon Simon Lokodo said it is a timely replacement for the manual declaration which is cumbersome and costly.
“The new system is a result of thorough consultation and technical advice that is why it is efficient, effective and less costly. It has advanced security measures to guarantee safety of information and therefore, will be important in curbing the great malaise of corruption,” Hon. Lokodo said.
The Inspector General of Government, Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja urged Parliament to expeditiously handle the Leadership Code Act (Amendment) Bill to provide for the creation of a tribunal that will try suspected corrupt officials.
She said the Inspectorate of Government introduced the ODS to ensure that leaders are accountable to the taxpayer.
“The goal is to ensure leaders are accountable to the people they serve for the good governance of this country,” Justice Mulyagonja said.
The Online Declaration System, which came into force on the 27th of April 2016 and published as the Leadership Code (Declaration Form) Regulations, Statutory Instrument No. 31 of 2016 will enable public officials conduct the mandatory declaration of assets online.