2 Apr 2019

Kiribati MP calls for President to take action over corruption

4:12 pm on 2 April 2019

A senior opposition MP in Kiribati, Sir Ieremia Tabai, has called on the president to crack down on one of his ministers he says is corrupt.

Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau

Kiribati President, Taneti Maamau Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta

Sir Ieremia, who is a former president of Kiribati, has told parliament that President Taneti Maamau is a champion of anti-corruption when talking to international leaders and promising to drive corruption out of the country.

But he said he has to show leadership to his people and take action to end corruption.

Mr Maamau has challenged the MP to name the minister so he can take such action.

However, Sir Ieremia said many people in Kiribati have already learned about the minister's case from Facebook.

The president's response was that Facebook contains a lot of unreliable information.

He said the MP or members of the public should use the Leadership Commission or other recognised agencies to report corruption, and not Facebook.