Our Ref: OG/2020/001
24th January 2020
The Attorney-General & Minister of Justice
RE: UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF 6-MONTH EXTENSION FOR DECLARATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES, AND A REQUEST FOR ITS REPEAL
We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 8 January 2020, which responds to our letter dated 1 December 2019 on the above-entitled matter.
We salute the candour and forthrightness with which you agree with us that the six-month extension given to holders of public offices to declare their assets and liabilities by section 1(4) of the Public Office Holders (Declaration of Assets and Disqualification) Act, 1998 (Act 550) is unconstitutional and needs to be deleted from the statute.
We applaud your decision and readiness to prepare and submit to Cabinet and then to Parliament a Memorandum and draft Bill to effect the necessary amendment. On our part, we are available to assist in preparing the Memorandum and draft Bill, and do all that is possible to ensure that the amendment is effected with the necessary speed.
We therefore respectfully suggest that there should be clear timelines on when the Memorandum and Bill will be drafted and laid before (a) Cabinet, (b) Parliament, and (c) when the bill will be passed into law.
We look forward to hearing from and collaborating with you on the proposals above.
Yours in the service of God and Country
cc. The Chief of Staff
Office of the President
The Controller and Accountant-General
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
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