FICAC’s role

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Nandni Vand­hana Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion ,

Suva This is in re­sponse to To­masi Bogin­iso’s let­ter to the ed­i­tor dated 28 Septem­ber 2016. The Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC) ac­knowl­edges the con­cerns put forth by the writer. While Govern­ment min­istries have in­ter­nally built struc­tures to look into mis­use of Govern­ment funds, FICAC as the le­git­i­mate anti – cor­rup­tion agency in the coun­try is man­dated by law to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute cor­rup­tion re­lated of­fences in the pub­lic sec­tor. This should not be viewed as ‘out­sourc­ing’ an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to an­other in­sti­tu­tion but a law­ful process to bring the wrong­do­ers be­fore the court of law. His­tory shows that mere in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary ac­tions alone would not be suf­fi­cient to de­ter the wrong­do­ers and per­pe­tra­tors with­out any mea­sures un­der puni­tive jus­tice sys­tem.

Pub­lic sec­tor in this con­text refers to any­one who re­ceives pay­ments from Govern­ment min­istries/de­part­ments and Govern­ment statu­tory bod­ies in the form of wages, salary or for any service pro­vided to the stated in­sti­tu­tions.

The com­plex­ity of cor­rup­tion re­lated of­fences re­quire ad­e­quate and proper re­sources such as spe­cialised in­ves­ti­ga­tors and equip­ment hence cases are re­ferred to FICAC. FICAC en­cour­ages in­sti­tu­tions and mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port cor­rup­tion re­lated mat­ters to the Com­mis­sion. In do­ing so, one makes a com­mit­ment to pre­vent cor­rup­tion at all lev­els in the coun­try for the bet­ter wel­fare of all Fi­jians.

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