The Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) has asked the Government to constitute a Leadership Code Tribunal alongside enacting the Witness Protection Act arguing that this will help curb the ongoing runaway corruption among civil servants.
According to Cissy Kagaba, the ACCU Executive Director failure to enact the Witness Protection Act has led to many Uganda failing to report corruption cases for fear of their lives and property.
“ The Government has not enacted the Witness Protection Law that will help safeguard whistleblowers who in most cases have become key witnesses in corruption-related matters.
“This has a negative impact when it comes to public participation in the curbing of corruption from the public servants because they are not secure of their lives once they commence appearing in courts of laws as witnesses to pin suspected criminals being charged for corruption,” said Kagaba during a press conference the organization hosted in Kampala.
While quoting the Law, Kagaba said it provides for the protection of persons who provide information to the Inspectorate under section 24 of the Leadership Code Act (as it was amended) informers and witnesses are protected and it is prohibited for their identity to be disclosed.
Kagaba added that failure by Government not to establish the Leadership Code Tribunal has made it difficult for the Inspectorate of Government to dispose of cases, attend to appeals and adjudicate in arbitrations.
Section 3 of the leadership Code Act mandates for the enforcement of the code and this responsibility was vested in the Inspectorate of Government’s Leadership Code Tribunal.
The absence of the Tribunal makes it harder for the office of the Inspectorate of Government to enforce the leadership Code which hinders the fight against corruption.
To ensure that the general public gets access to the services of the Inspectorate of Government, Marita Mugasha the Programme Officer at Human Rights Center Uganda challenged the Inspectorate of Government to decentralize their services by opening up offices in more districts across the country.
The Inspectorate of Government currently have only regional offices.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO