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Article 73. Responsibilities of Leadership

(1) Authority assigned to a State officer–

  • (a) is a public trust to be exercised in a manner that–
    • (i) is consistent with the purposes and objects of this Constitution;
    • (ii) demonstrates respect for the people;
    • (iii) brings honour to the nation and dignity to the office; and
    • (iv) promotes public confidence in the integrity of the office; and
  • (b) vests in the State officer the responsibility to serve the people, rather than the power to rule them.

(2) The guiding principles of leadership and integrity include–

  • (a) selection on the basis of personal integrity, competence and suitability, or election in free and fair elections;
  • (b) objectivity and impartiality in decision making, and in ensuring that decisions are not influenced by nepotism, favouritism, other improper motives or corrupt practices;
  • (c) selfless service based solely on the public interest,demonstrated by–
    • (i) honesty in the execution of public duties; and
    • (ii) the declaration of any personal interest that may conflict with public duties;
  • (d) accountability to the public for decisions and actions; and
  • (e) discipline and commitment in service to the people.