The Deputy Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Shollay Davies yesterday disclosed that for 2016 they will focus on the ‘Pay No Bribe Campaign’ which is very strategic in the corruption fight.
In an interview with Awoko, Shollay Davies explained about the Pay No Bribe Campaign, which is supported by DFID and other stakeholders saying it will be a means of receiving reports of corruption from the public and these complaints will be forwarded to the relevant authorities for speedy actions.
The Deputy Commissioner maintained that the campaign is in response to what has been coming from certain perception reports like Transparency International and they are aware that “the high side of corruption is petty corruption and because of this, DFID and other partners agreed to have the Pay No Bribe Campaign. The essence of the campaign is to encourage the general public to report cases particularly petty corruption taking place at the various institutions, also to give the Commission the capacity to be able to address those complaints of corruption that emanate from those institutions.”
He said in 2016 “we are going to ensure that the campaign kicks off which will encourage the report of corruption to the Commission. We will then involve the different Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAS) and other stakeholders to ensure that we address those concerns emanating as a result of those complaints from corruption taking place in those targeted MDAs that the campaign is focusing on.”
The Deputy Commissioner explained, “under the Pay No Bribe Campaign, the MDAs will also take active steps to address complaints coming from the public with regards to service delivery.”
In the area of monitoring, Commissioner Davies said “we now have the Integrity Management Committees (IMC) in the various MDAs, and the MDAs with these IMCs will be tasked with the responsibility of resolving the complaints that reach us through the Pay No Bribe Pottal that will be launched soon. The Pottal will make an avenue for people to lodge report about their experience with corruption in various sectors. And once the complaints are recorded we will download those information, analyse them and where we think it is meant for referral, we can refer to those entities and the IMCs will now have the responsibility to ensure that they engage with the various sectors within their entity to resolve those complaints.”
Questioned about challenges faced by the Commissioner in the area of corruption matters in court, Shollay Davies said, “we are aware that in terms of our cases in court, there are a couple of cases at the High Court and also at the Appellate Courts which we think have been long drawn and we would like to see those cases called and ended as soon as possible”
Because, as he went on, they have paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice to acquaint him with the challenges the commission is faced with especially their cases, to see how we can use his good office to leverage the judiciary to see that our cases move faster especially those that are ready for judgment.
“The meeting was also to further strengthen our partnership with our judiciary so that matters will be speedily expedited.
The judiciary has been supportive and we want to see continuity of that support in the next couple of years.”