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Declare Cement, Matembe Insists

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th May 2002 03:00 AM

ETHICS and integrity minister Miria Matembe has urged the Army Commander, Maj. Gen. James Kazini, to respect the law and declare the 200 bags of cement he received recently from Kasese business community.

ETHICS and integrity minister Miria Matembe has urged the Army Commander, Maj. Gen. James Kazini, to respect the law and declare the 200 bags of cement he received recently from Kasese business community.

ETHICS and integrity minister Miria Matembe has urged the Army Commander, Maj. Gen. James Kazini, to respect the law and declare the 200 bags of cement he received recently from Kasese business community. Grace Matsiko reports that Matembe said, “I expect Kazini to declare the donation. If he doesn’t, the employer should enforce it.” The New Vision had sought a comment from her. Kasese traders gave the cement and a cow to Kazini to build a modern hotel in the area. They said the donation was to congratulate him upon his appointment to the highest office in the army and his promotion to the rank of Major General. They were appreciative of his efforts to elevate their children in the UPDF and his successful campaign against the Allied Democratic Forces in the Rwenzori region. The Inspector General of Government, Jotham Tumwesigye, on Tuesday said Kazini must declare the gift as per the Leadership Code. But army spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza, speaking on behalf of Kazini, said on Thursday that Kazini would not declare the cement because it was given to him at a private function. “For the army spokesman to say forget it, Kazini cannot declare the cement that seems strange. Since the government has been challenged on several occasions that there was lack of political will to fight corruption, we came out with the Leadership Code, which every leader like the Army Commander is not to defy,” Matembe said. “I don’t take Bantariza’s statement serious. It is a joke, the IGG is demanding Kazini to declare the donation but not an institution,” Matembe said. She said since Kazini was given the cement “for the job well done” while discharging his duties, it becomes prohibitive by law for him to take the gift. She said, “The law says a leader shall not ask or accept any property or benefit of any kind on anything done or omitted to be done by that person in the discharge of his duties. Kazini was supposed to end the rebellion. If he is given a gift in recognition of his duty and does not declare it, he is violating the law.” Matembe said this was a test case for the army. “If he (Bantariza) is speaking on behalf of the army, he is sending very dangerous signals. “At this time when there are reports of corruption scandals, when the army is trying to clean up, it didn’t need the IGG to tell him to declare, she added. Matembe added, “I am not going to care whether they say it is ethnicity or political, I will always challenge those not showing commitment (to the code).” She said, “Bantariza talking on behalf of Kazini and is spokesman of the army? “The Leadership Code concerns individuals. If I do something as minister Matembe, the ministry cannot talk on my behalf.” Under the law, an errant leader can be cautioned, demoted, suspended or dismissed or advised to resign. Ends

Declare Cement, Matembe Insists

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