Former UCU Law Dean sworn in as Chairperson Leadership Code Tribunal

By Frank Obonyo

The former Law Dean of Uganda Christian University (UCU) Dr. Roselyn Karugonjo-Segawa has sworn in as the Chairperson of the Leadership Code Tribunal.

The function was presided over by the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Section 19 G of the Leadership Code (Amendment) Act 2017, requires that a person appointed as Chairperson or member of the Tribunal shall, before assuming the duties of his or her office take and subscribe the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath.

She was recently appointed by President Museveni as the Chairperson of the Leadership Code Tribunal, which appointment she accepted.

“I am honoured and humbled that I have been entrusted with this great responsibility. I intend to serve my Country diligently. I am grateful for the time I spent at UCU and I believe it was a moment of preparation for this noble task,” said Dr. Karugonjo.

She is responsible for ensuring the orderly and expeditious discharge of the business of the Tribunal, the places at which the Tribunal may sit, its procedure generally and procedure of the Tribunal at a particular place.

The Tribunal hears cases involving breaches of the Leadership Code and mete out punishment against those found guilty.

The Leadership Code Act provides 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.

It is mandated by the Constitution to enforce the Leadership Code. Its functions include; receive, examine and adjudicate any breach of the code, make a decision on any matter referred to it by the Inspectorate and submit it to the authorised person and the Inspectorate; and make recommendations to the authorized person on disciplinary actions to be taken against a leader.

Prior to these developments, the Government of Uganda was challenged by various stakeholders to operationalize the Leadership Code Tribunal in the fight against corruption.

“I hope my students find this inspiring and encouraging. I urge them to study hard and make every effort to excel because with God all things are possible,” said Karugonjo.

She resigned her job at UCU as the Law Faculty Dean in June 2020 after serving in the University for five years.

 

 

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