PM to push for anti-corruption governance and integrity committee

Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela

As part of the Government’s stated efforts to combat corruption in the country, Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela said he will move a motion in Parliament to establish a standing committee on governance and integrity.

During an event last week in Honiara to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, Prime Minister Houenipwela said he strongly believes Parliament has an important role in the fight against corruption.

Through a committee on governance and integrity, Parliament could scrutinise reports from the Solomon Islands Independent Commission Against Corruption and other integrity institutions, he said.

The committee would also demand reports when they are not forthcoming and follow up with the respective integrity institution on the implementation of recommendations by previous reports.

In his first address to the nation after being elected to the prime ministerial post in November, Prime Minister Houenipwela said rooting out corruption in the country was one of his priorities.

And that requires transparency and accountability at all levels of society, he said.

The Prime Minister cited governance reforms, targeted corruption initiatives and greater civic participation as measures that need to be applied in all institutions in the public and private sectors to achieve results.

“We must stay this course,” he said. “It is important for all of us as corruption fighters to embrace principles of ethics and principles of integrity to act against corruption and to do business based on fair competition and good governance.”

By Henry Oritaimae

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