The East African Legislative Assembly has granted leave to Uganda’s representative to introduce a Private Members’ Bill on whistle blowing.
Uganda’s Margaret Nantongo Zziwa will move the EAC Whistle blowers Protection Bill, 2015.
The object of the Whistle blowers Protection Bill, 2015, is to create an enabling environment for both the Partner States’ citizens and non-citizens to disclose freely, information on corrupt or improper conduct both in the public and private sectors in the Community.
The Bill is premised on Article 6 of the Treaty in which Partner States undertook to promote the principles of good governance including adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, accountability, transparency, social justice and equal opportunities among others.
It hopes to provide for the protection from victimization of whistle blowers as well as procedures for making disclosures.
In her justification, Zziwa decried the increasing reports of graft, corruption and public plunder of resources across board in the East African Community region.
Story By Catherine Ageno