5 Jun 2007

Fiji anti-corruption agency must be impartial, says CCF

6:26 pm on 5 June 2007

Questions are still being raised over whether Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption needs to be more accountable.

The Commission has just brought a charge of murder and two others of conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after the fact.

The Executive Director of Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum, the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, believes the Commission should also be accountable to the people, not just the interim administration:

"Opinions are that corruption is a legitimate concern in this country and other governments in the last 20 years have avowed to do something about it. If this interim government is going to do something about it, then they are welcome to it, but the way they are going to approach it has to be impartial and have a certain degree of independence because it even includes investigating, could be, members of the interim administration, I mean they shouldn't rule that out."

The Reverend Yabaki says while the interim administration is trying to do what should have been done by elected governments, it is now coming up against a lack of democratic basis and the accountability needed for the Commission to function properly in a people friendly manner.