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LEADERSHIP CODE ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SCETIONS

   Section

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

   1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

PART II
FUNCTIONS OF INSPECTORATE AND DECLARATION OF INCOME, ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.

   3.   Enforcement and functions of Inspectorate.

   4.   Declaration of income, assets and liabilities.

   5.   Power of the Inspector General to require clarification etc.

   6.   Failure to submit correct information.

   7.   Declaration to be public.

PART III
CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

   8.–9.   [Repealed].

   10.   Gifts or benefits in kind.

   11.   Prohibited conduct.

   12.   Prohibited contracts.

   13.   [Repealed].

   14.   Misuse of official information.

   15.   General prohibited conduct.

PART IV
POST EMPLOYMENT.

   16.   Future employment.

   17.   Upon vacation of office.

PART V
PROCEEDINGS OF INSPECTORATE.

   18.   Lodging of complaints.

   19.   Report of Inspectorate.

   20.   Action on report of Inspectorate.

   21.   Forfeiture and compensation.

   22.   Special powers of Inspector General.

   23.   Powers of Inspectorate to hear evidence etc.

   24.   Protection of informers and witnesses.

   25.   Procedure of Inspectorate.

   26.   Inspectorate to observe rules of natural justice.

   27.   Witnesses allowances.

   28.   Inspectorate to award costs.

   29.   Application of other powers of Inspectorate.

PART VI
GENERAL.

   30.   Inspection of bank accounts.

   31.   Action against certain leaders.

   32.   Action against Chief Administrative Officer and Town Clerk.

   33.   Appeals.

   34.   Protection of officers of Inspectorate.

   35.   Penalties for breach of Code.

   36.   Offences.

   37.   Annual report.

   38.   Regulations.

   39.   Amendment of Schedules.

   40.   Repeal.

      First Schedule.   Currency point

      Second Schedule.   Leaders.

      Third Schedule.   Leaders not allowed to conduct certain businesses.

LEADERSHIP CODE ACT.

   An Act to provide for a minimum standard of behaviour and conduct for leaders; to require leaders to declare their incomes, assets and liabilities; to put in place an effective enforcement mechanism and to provide for other related matters.

Commencement: 12 July, 2002.

PART I
PRELIMINARY.

1.   Short title.

   This Act may be cited as the Leadership Code Act.

2.   Interpretation.

   (1) In this Code unless the context otherwise requires—

   "agent" in relation to the business or affairs of a leader, means a person whose decisions or acts are such that they are, in essence made or done by the leader himself or herself; or the person who manages and controls the business or affairs of which the leader is the principal beneficiary.

   "asset" means a thing owned by a person such as property, which has value and can be sold or used to pay a debt;

   "authorised person" means a person or body authorised by law to discipline the leader in relation to whom the expression is used;

   "benefit" includes a gift, payment, subscription, advance, loan, commission, forbearing, gratuity or favour whether monetary or in kind, rendering services, or deposit of money or anything of value including food, lodging, transportation or entertainment or reimbursement;

   "child" means a person under 18 years of age;

   "conflict of interest" refers to a situation where a leader has got to make a decision between his or her personal interest and public interest;

   "currency point" means the value of a currency point specified in the First Schedule;

   "declaration" means a declaration of income, assets and liabilities required to be submitted by every leader under section 4 of this Code;

   "dependant" means a person whose means of support is partially or wholly from a leader;

   "foreign" When used in relation to any body of persons or organisation, means any such body or organisation the controlling interest of which is held by persons who are not citizens of Uganda or are not Government or public bodies and also includes a body of persons or organisation not incorporated or registered in Uganda although the controlling authority in it is held by persons who are citizens of Uganda;

   "Government" includes a local government;

   "Inspector General" means the Inspector General of Government, established by article 223 of the Constitution;

   "leader" means a person holding or acting in any of the offices specified in the Second Schedule;

   "liability" means a debt or financial obligation;

   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for ethics and integrity;

   "public body" means Parliament, a statutory corporation, commission, board, council, authority, or other body in which the Government has an interest, a cooperative union registered under the Cooperative Societies Act, any body in which a public body has an interest and such other body as the Minister may, by regulations made under section 38 of this Code prescribe;

   "spouse" means a wife or husband.

   (2) The provisions of this Code shall constitute the Leadership Code of Conduct under Chapter Fourteen of the Constitution.

PART II
FUNCTIONS OF INSPECTORATE AND DECLARATION OF INCOME, ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.

3.   Enforcement and functions of Inspectorate.

   (1) The Inspectorate shall enforce this Code.

   (2) In enforcing this Code, the Inspectorate shall carry out the following functions—

   (a)   to receive and examine declarations lodged with it under this Code;

   (b)   to examine whether or not a leader has corrupt influence or has corruptly entered into a contract with a government or public body or foreign business organisation contrary to this Code;

   (c)   to inquire or cause an inquiry to be conducted on its own initiative or on a complaint made by any person, into any alleged breach of this Code by any leader;

   (d)   to investigate and report on any allegations of high handed, outrageous, infamous or disgraceful conduct or any other behaviour or conduct on the part of a leader in accordance with the definition of the words high-handed; outrageous, disgraceful conduct and infamous to be provided for by the regulations to be made by the Minister;

   (e)   to recommend awards, disbursements and such payments or rewards as it may consider appropriate in connection with any assistance rendered in the enforcement of this Code; and

   (f)   to carry out any other functions prescribed by or under this Code.

   (3) The Inspectorate may, for the purpose of ensuring the effective implementation of its functions under this Code, delegate any of its functions to any person or authority subject to such conditions and limitations as the Inspector General may impose.

4.   Declaration of income, assets and liabilities.

   (1) A leader shall—

   (a)   within three months after the commencement of this Code; and

   (b)   thereafter every two years, during the month of March,

submit to the Inspector General a written declaration of the leader's income, assets and liabilities, the names, income, assets and liabilities of his or her spouse, child and dependant in the prescribed form, without prejudice to the rights of the leader's spouse, child and dependant to independently own property.

   (2) A person shall—

   (a)   within three months after becoming a leader; and

   (b)   thereafter every two years, during the month of March,

submit to the Inspector General a written declaration of the leader's income, assets and liabilities, the names, income, assets and liabilities of his or her spouse, child, and dependant in the prescribed form, without prejudice to the rights of the leader's spouse, child and dependant to independently own property.

   (3) A leader shall before the expiration of his or her term of office declare his or her income, assets and liabilities under this Code if his or her term of office expires six months after his or her last declaration.

   (4) A leader shall in a declaration under subsections (1) and (2) of this section, state how he or she or his or h

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