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Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption Tells Of Work

The Public Accounts Committee yesterday received submissions from the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). Commission’s manager corruption prevention, Kolora Naliva said there were various modes in which the commission
16 Jul 2016 11:28
Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption Tells Of Work
Public Accounts Committee members Alexander O’Connor(left) with Mohammed Dean in Parliament yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

The Public Accounts Committee yesterday received submissions from the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

Commission’s manager corruption prevention, Kolora Naliva said there were various modes in which the commission handled complaints against bribery or corruption.

Issues are referred to the complaints department and then registered into the case management system database.

Ms Naliva said their lawyers then determine how each issue could proceed.

“Complaints that fall outside the jurisdiction of FICAC are referred to relevant authorities,” she said.

Chairman Ashneel Sudhakar asked if the commission dealt with issues other than bribery and corruption in public offices.

He said some companies had not submitted their financial reports for the year 1996 to 1997 and 2002 to 2004 as seen in the auditor-general’s reports.

He then asked if the commission had the authority to handle such issues too.

Commission’s senior state counsel, Francis Pulewai said they had received complaints from the committee over the past years and have dealt with it accordingly.

FICAC also deals with issues referred to them from the auditor-general’s report.

Ms Pulewai said in cases where companies fail to submit financial statements to the office of the auditor-general it would require field investigations.

She said they would investigate areas recommended by the committee or auditor-general’s report.

Ms Pulewai said they would determine which are internal matters or matters that should be dealt with within the ministry.

 

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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