Code of Ethics Law Should Be Protected

Tia Belau Editorial, July 22, 2013 —-

There is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to exempt traditional leaders from the Code of Ethics requirements.

The bill is aimed to exclude those who hold traditional titles from reporting to the Ethics Commission.

It was introduced based on the findings that the Code of Ethics is overly broad in requiring those who hold traditional titles to report to the Ethics Commission.

It says that the Code of Ethics should only apply to those who run for national or state office, not to those who take office by way of their state Constitutions.

Many states have traditional chiefs taking part in the official deliberations of their state government , which also involve public funds.

The intention of the Code of Ethics is straightforward. It is to avoid controversies and conflict of interests and therefore, corruption.

Every year, every leader be it traditional chief or government officials who fits the category as prescribed by law are required to fill up Code of Ethics form.

This is not a difficult request.

All the Code of Ethics requires is for the leaders to fill in the forms and return them. It costs no money, except perhaps a couple of minutes.

Even of if leaders have no assets or financial interests, they must fill the forms and return them.

So far, there has been no problem from the leaders – traditional or elected – to fill in the forms, and the proposed legislation to exempt the other class of leaders speaks volume of the nation’s leadership.

It just goes to show that some of our leaders can’t even do the small and easy things asked of them.

How much more if they’re asked to do a huge task?

Whatever it is, leaders must be humble enough to do even the minute tasks asked of them.

After all that’s what leadership is about – humility and servant-hood.

Those who are too proud to do even the small things the law requires them to do are not fit to be called leaders.

They belong somewhere else, not the leadership positions they are holding.

 

 

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