1 Mar 2004

Fiji to introduce leadership code for MPs and other leaders

4:41 pm on 1 March 2004

A leadership code is to be introduced in Fiji later this year which will cover the president, the vice-president, ministers, MPs and CEOs of state departments.

The ombudsman, Walter Rigamoto, says they are currently reviewing a draft leadership code put together by the previous Labour government as well as model leadership legislation from the Forum Sercretariat.

He says a code of conduct is a requirement under the constitution.

And, Mr Rigamoto says he believes MPs will support the bill for a leadership code as it will provide direction for their behaviour and what's expected of them.

"It's the usual unwritten ones - for example, leaders are not expected to undertake any activity which might be seen as a conflict of interest or an activity that would demean the office that they hold or something like that"

Mr Rigamoto and two others have just returned from Papua New Guinea to study the operation of its leadership code.