Igg Launches Declaration Period 2019 And Invites Public To Verify Public Officials' Wealth

Igg launches declaration period 2019 and invites public to verify public officials' wealth
Appeared on: 04 Mar 2019

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja, has launched the Declaration Period 2019, where leaders are required by law to declare their income, assets and liabilities to the IGG every two years.

While launching the declaration period at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, the IGG said the Inspectorate of Government is to publish the list of public officials who will have declared to enable the public also have their input by providing more information about the property that could have been concealed.

Mulyagonja said the public has always complained that they are not involved in the verification exercise yet they have information about the property that is not declared by the public officials.

“We have been receiving complaints about leaders’ declaration. This time around we shall put up lists of leaders and ask the public what they know about these people,” she stated.

She noted that during the previous declaration period where leaders used the Inspectorate of Government Online Declaration System (IG-ODS) for the first time, a compliance rate of 90.6% was registered. She however warned that there will be no extension of the declaration period beyond the March 31 deadline.

The IGG also revealed that the Inspectorate has cases which are waiting for the Leadership Code Tribunal, which once constituted, will handle cases of officials who under declared their wealth and those who have refused to declare.

“Cases don’t rot. If you commit a crime in 2019, you can still be prosecuted in 2020 because the evidence does not rot,” she warned.

On the same occasion, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Hon Bagiire Vincent Waiswa, officially launched the IG-ODS update module and Leader Support System.

He thanked the Inspectorate for the initiative, saying the declaration process is now easier and faster.

He said government agencies are in the process of sharing data that will make it hard for leaders to under declare their wealth.