5 Nov 2014

Solomons whistleblower law stuck in limbo

9:40 pm on 5 November 2014

A Solomon Islands law that aims to reform weak leadership code legislation is stuck in limbo as the country approaches elections.

Last month in Vienna, the Solomon Islands Government presented a progress report on efforts to reform the Leadership Code Act to the Implementation Review Group of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

The Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister, Derek Futaiasi, presented the report.

He says a draft of the new Act is complete but points out that its path to parliament depends on the political will of whatever government emerges later this month.

" Given that corruption is an issue in many Pacific Island countries, such as in the Solomon Islands, we need to invigorate our laws and institutions to deal with corruption. So I see it as a important duty for us to fight corruption."

Mr Futaiasi says if passed, the new law will bring about six reforms including the setting up of an Integrity Commission and protection for public servants who expose corruption.