Solomon Islands Government Urged To Stop 'Wasting Time' And Pass Anti-Corruption Bill

Malaita Ma’asina Forum doesn't want a delay to develop a strategy first

By Aatai John

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 22, 2017) – The Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) is calling on the Prime Minister and his government to bring the Anti-Corruption Bill before the parliament for its second reading rather than wasting time on strategy.

Speaking to the Solomon Star MMF President Charles Dausabea said the Bill must be brought before parliament and have it passed.

He said MMF saw the Anti-Corruption Strategy “as merely a delay tactic to have the Bill pending until the house dissolved next year”.

“This bill does not need a strategy, it only needs the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government and the other side of the house to relook at it again on the floor of parliament and have it passed,” Mr Dausabea said.

However, he said it is highly likely that most Cabinet ministers did not agree with the Bill.

“The Prime Minister has promised that the Anti-Corruption Bill will be the flagship of the DCC Government but the question is, when will this flag genuinely portrays on the image on this government?” Mr Dausabea asked.

He said this Anti-Corruption Bill might turn out to be like the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Act which the Lilo-Government passed in 2014 but never gazetted until today.

“This cunning tactic should not be repeated for this Anti-Corruption Bill once it is passed,” the MMF president said.

He said what the PM needs to do is bring the Anti-Corruption Bill before parliament and sack those within Cabinet who did not support the Bill.

“Many MPs are willing to join the government so remove those who oppose the Bill and replace them with those who support it,” Mr Dausabea said.

The former East Honiara Member of Parliament added that it is time the country is fair and not to delay something that will bring justice and stop corruption in the country.

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