18 Oct 2016

Independence needed around Tongan Anti-Corruption appointment

From , 4:03 pm on 18 October 2016

There are worries the independence and effectiveness of Tonga's first Anti-Corruption commissioner could be affected by government proposals

The Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva has reportedly rejected the Privy Council's candidate for the position despite the law dictating that the royal body make the appointment.

Tonga's Anti-Corruption Commission was formed in 2008 but there have been ongoing procedural matters delaying the implementation of the office.

Noble Representative Lord Fusitu'a, who is also chair of the Standing Committee on Anti-corruption, told Koro Vaka'uta the government's latest moves are concerning.  

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