Inspector General of Government Act
- Commenced on 18 September 1986
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I — Interpretation
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—(a)"appointments board" means the appointments board established under section 4;(b)"deputy inspector general" means the Deputy Inspector General of Government appointed under section 3;(c)"inspector general" means the Inspector General of Government appointed under section 3;(d)"public office" includes—(i)a Government department, undertaking or service;(ii)a company in which the Government has shares;(iii)a public corporation;(iv)the Cabinet;(v)Parliament;(vi)a court of law;(vii)the Uganda Police Force;(viii)the Uganda Prisons Service;(ix)a school, college or other public institution of learning;(x)the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces;(xi)a district administration;(xii)a local council or a committee of the local council;(xiii)an urban authority;(xiv)a municipal council or a committee of the municipal council;(xv)a trade union;(xvi)a cooperative society;(xvii)a political party;(xviii)a council, board, society or committee established by law for the control and regulation of any profession;(xix)a commission, association or similar body whether corporate or not, established by law, for the purposes of administering public funds in any form, or for the purposes of promoting—(A)public health;(B)public undertakings or public utility;(C)education;(D)sports;(E)culture;(F)literature;(G)science;(H)art; and(xx)any other office that offers service to the public or that administers funds on behalf of the public or a part of the public;(e)"public officer" means a person serving a public office; and(f)"secretary" means the secretary in the office of the Inspector General of Government, appointed under section 3.
Part II — Establishment of the office and appointments
2. Establishment of the office
4. Appointments board
5. Officers to take oaths
6. Salaries and allowances
Part III — Functions and powers
7. Duties and functions of the inspector general
8. General powers of the inspector generalFor the purposes of performing his or her functions under this Act, the inspector general shall have the following powers—
9. Powers of access and search
10. Special powers of inspection
Part IV — Procedure for investigations
11. Rules of procedureThe inspector general may, by statutory instrument under his or her hand, prescribe rules of procedure generally for the conduct of investigations and for any matter that is necessary for the efficient performance of the functions under this Act.
12. Jurisdiction of the inspector general
13. Conduct of investigations
14. Proceedings not to be questionedNo proceedings, investigations or inquiries by the office of the inspector general shall be held null and void by reason only of an informality or irregularity in the procedure, and except on the ground of lack of jurisdiction, no such proceedings, investigations or inquiries shall be liable to be challenged, reviewed, quashed or called in question in any court of law.
15. Immunity of officers
16. Privilege of informationSubject to any other law which enjoins the disclosure of classified information, anything said, information supplied, document, paper or thing produced in the course of an inquiry under this Act shall be privileged in the same manner as if the inquiry were a proceeding in a court of law, and a report of the inspector general shall be privileged in the same manner as if it were a record and judgment of a proceeding in court.
Part V – Investigations
17. Provisions relating to complaints
18. Right to be heardNo person shall as of right be entitled to be heard before the inspector general; but where the inspector general proposes to conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint or allegation under this Act, he or she shall give the head of the public office concerned and any other person who is the subject of the complaint or allegation an opportunity to reply to the complaint or allegation made against him or her, and no matter that is adverse to any person or public office shall be included in a report of the inspector general unless that person or head of that office has been given a prior hearing.
19. Procuring information and attendance of witnesses
20. Failure of witness to attend
21. Witness allowancesThe inspector general may pay to any person summoned before him or her under this Act such allowances or sums in respect of expenses properly incurred by that person as the inspector general may deem appropriate.
22. Offences by witness and penaltiesA person who—
Part VI — Reports
23. Inspector general to make periodic reports
24. Action on reportOn receipt of a report the President may take or cause to be taken against the public officer in respect of whom the report is made such action as may be taken under or in accordance with the provisions of any written law.
Part VII — Regulations
25. RegulationsThe inspector general may, by statutory instrument, make regulations in respect of any of the things required to be done by him or her under this Act, and generally for better carrying out his or her duties and functions under this Act.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
18 September 1986