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The main aims of Assets declarations -

  • to increase transparency and the trust in Government, by obliging designated public officers to declare their assets. 
  • to help heads of public institutions prevent conflicts of interest among their employees and to resolve such situations when they arise, in order to promote integrity within their institutions;
  • to build a climate of integrity in the public service by reminding public officers of the duty to accountability that comes with public office;
  • to dissuade public officers from misconduct (illicit enrichment or other illegal activity);
  • to bolster public confidence in the integrity of government by sending a signal that public officials’ finances are subject to scrutiny and that potential conflicts of interest are being monitored and addressed; and
  • also protect them from false accusations.

POEC continues to monitor and remind relevant Public Officers to exercise their legal obligation vis a vis Declaration of Public Officers’ Assets – under Part IV of the Act.

Public Officers should henceforth not expect endless reminders to push them fulfill their obvious obligations under the Act. They are hereby reminded that it is an offence under section 34(1) of the Act for anyone who (1) fails without reasonable cause to make a declaration of assets and  liabilities which  the person is required to make under section 27  or  (2) makes a false statement in any such declaration under section 29.

Both of these offences carry a penalty upon conviction of a fine or to imprisonment OR to both such fine and imprisonment. 

In its endeavour to obtain full compliance with the requirement of the POE Act 2008, the Commission will be seeking government’s determination to take all necessary action to obtain full and prompt compliance by all its designated   employees. 

Officers failing to hand in their declarations will be reported to their respective heads of organisations or Ministers as the case may be and the letter copied to the Head of the Public Service, who could resort to taking appropriate measure in relation to their contract with the Public Sector Commission.

POEC also wishes to draw the attention of all heads of organisations to the requirements of Section 4 of the Public Officers’ Ethics Regulations, 2008 (S.I. 79 of 2008) which requires organisations to provide the Commission with a list of its public officers and promptly inform the Commission each time a person leaves the public service or becomes a public officer to whom the Act applies.  Obviously, it is the organisations’ responsibility to promptly advise the Commission of relevant staff movements and respond to the POEC’s periodic request for an update of declarants’ information sent from the POEC’s database.

About the POEC

To administer and enforce the Public Officers’ Ethics Act which comprises of the code of conduct and ethics for public officers and declarations of income, assets and liabilities for designated public officers.