Lawmakers struggle over new anti-corruption measures

Jul 26, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Matangi Tonga

Tonga's lawmakers are struggling to agree on what kind of anti-corruption mechanism might be put in place for Tonga.

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Toni

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Jul 28, 2013
 
Anti-corruption law is a good thing unless you are stealing from the govt. it's a step forward in the right direction.
eagger

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Jul 28, 2013
 
True, just need to make sure the law is done right the first time. There was some issue that the commissioner wasn't independent in this law or something. To be honest I don't know much about it, but all I know is that the anti-corruption commissioner has to be independent, like the auditor. But I'm looking forward to when its all working and getting under way.
John Wood

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Jul 29, 2013
 

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Having provided advice to the Government in 2006, can I say that the most effective model for Tonga would be an independent Ombudsman and an independent Anti-corruption Commissioner both reporting to, and accountable to the Parliament.
Toni

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Jul 29, 2013
 
Thank you John. That's a great idea. Why does it take this long for the govt. to put this great proposal into law? Are they afraid it will make it harder for them (leaders) to steal? Corruption is a big problem in the govt. It's a sad situation.
calm down

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Jul 30, 2013
 
Thanks John and Toni. I guess what is problematic with government trying to put into practice this is because they, as individual senior officials at the various relevant government departments, are like don't really want to come out as visual supporters of their real minds as they fear making enemies with superiors that may be opposed to their thoughts. Such a very unfavorable situation for nation-building. But, to be frank guys, there are always the costs of saying your minds aloud that civil servants (especially the well-educated) fear, so to be fair, let them keep hiding their tails between their legs until they learn to have the proper courage to stand up for their children and their neighbours.
Folaha Palangi

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Jul 31, 2013
 
The govt already had a crack at an anti-corruption commission years ago, but it got off the ground. There was no political will to make it happen and did not occur then and won't happen now. To many in power on the take.
eagger

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Aug 1, 2013
 
Folaha Palangi wrote:
The govt already had a crack at an anti-corruption commission years ago, but it got off the ground. There was no political will to make it happen and did not occur then and won't happen now. To many in power on the take.
Probably lol. But let's first give the anti-corruption commissioner some powers like being independent and stuff.

But yeah on the lawmakers debate, the devil's in the details; i dont know the details so i dont know if the tevolo is telling the truth or if he misleading people again lols
Toni

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Aug 2, 2013
 
You can pass any laws you want but if you don't have the balls to enforce the laws it's useless. Too many of our leaders with their hands in the cookie jar and they do not want to tell on each other.

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