Solomon Islands PM To Develop Anti-Corruption Strategy Before Introducing Bill In Parliament

Strategy to include ' Whistle Blowers Bill, Ombudsman Act, Leadership Code Act and the Anti-Corruption Bill'

By Aatai John

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 17, 2017) – The Anti-Corruption Strategy will be implemented before work on the Anti-Corruption Bill is completed and brought before parliament.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told parliament on Wednesday that the need to look at the strategy must come first before “we progress further to have the bill passed”.

He said this strategy encompass the Whistle Blowers Bill, Ombudsman Act, Leadership Code Act and the Anti-Corruption Bill.

He said they need to look at this thoroughly.

However, Mr Sogavare said the matter of an Anti-Corruption Strategy must be agreed upon first prior to debating.

He said this will pave way for the bill to come before the house, as implementation of the strategy will ensure things are progressing on the right trend.

Meanwhile, Mr Sogavare said the Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill, which was passed on Monday and the Land Surveyor’s Bill 2016 that is currently debated will truly address the need to have proper developments in our urban centres and communities.

He said random developments that occurred without proper planning is causing problems to neighbours in the community.

Therefore, he said these bills will ensure any proposed development should comply accordingly, to avoid severe consequences like flood, poor drainage, road access and environmental issues.

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