16 May 2016

Solomons PM urged to press on with anti-corruption bill

9:18 am on 16 May 2016
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Photo: RNZI Koroi Hawkins

Civil society organisations in Solomon Islands are urging the prime minister to push on with legislation aimed at setting up the country's first Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Manasseh Sogavare suspended the passage of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Bill after its first reading two weeks ago, citing a reversal in the bi-partisan support for the bill.

But the executive officer for Transparency Solomon Islands Ruth Liloqula said the postponement suggested an internal struggle, as the government should not need the support of the opposition or independents to pass the legislation.

"We call on the prime minister to champion the bill and do something right for this country. And if it means the downfall of his tenure as prime minister I think he will be more respected for doing the right thing for the country."

Parliament resumes tomorrow.