The Uganda’s State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Father Simon Lokodo and the Executive Director of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu have called for the heightening of good governance in the region.
Fr. Lokodo told participants at the IGAD regional meeting held at Entebbe on Friday that good governance is inevitable to ensure transparency, inclusiveness, accountability and others.
“The Government of Uganda is committed to ensuring that good governance prevails in the country in order to realize accountability, transparency, responsiveness, rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment and broad-based participation,” said Lokodo.
He noted that a number of institutions have been established to purposely enforce good governance.
“Institutions such as the Directorate of Ethics and Integrity, Office of the Inspectorate of Government, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Electoral Commission, Equal opportunities Commission, Office of the Auditor General, Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority, Criminal Investigations Directorate, State House Anti-Corruption Unit among others are in place to ensure that good governance is promoted and upheld in the country,” he said.
The IGAD chief in a speech read by the Director Peace and Security Division, Siraj Fegessa, said the extension of the regional body’s mandate to encompass peace and security was also geared towards the promotion of good governance and security.
“IGAD was re-established in 1996 with a new mandate of Peace and Security. The extended mandate of IGAD allows the Regional Block to cover not only peace and security issues but also to take on the promotion of good governance and democracy in the region,” said Dr. Gebeyehu.
Twelve years later, the regional block established a political affairs docket to specifically handle democracy, governance and others.
“The Political Affairs Program was established in 2008 under the auspices of the Peace and Security Division to cover issues pertaining to democracy, governance, election, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.
The Friday meeting also launched the IGAD Governance Forum.