Vow to support Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) if win
By ANDREW FANASIA
Newly contested candidates supported the Anti-Corruption Bill (ACB) as part of their campaign message in Gizo yesterday afternoon.
Kenneth Bulehite and Ronald Dive a lawyer by profession made it very clear during their campaign in Gizo that they will support the Anti-Corruption Bill once they become the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gizo/Kolobangara constituency.
“Nobody will deny the fact that corruption has been affecting us not only with our leaders but it goes right down to our communities.
“Corruption starts inside our own home, our communities, and our societies and to our leaders,” Mr Dive said.
He said the Bill is very important because it will regulate not only the behaviours of the Members of Parliament but every one that works within the government machineries.
“This Bill is also important because a lot of the government resources in terms of services delivery did not reach the people because of corruption.
“We need to pass this Bill so that we the rural people in this constituency and country as a whole do not complain about the services that was meant to benefit us,” Mr Dive said.
The same sentiments was echoed by other candidate Mr Bulehite.
“The Anti-Corruption Bill was withdrawn from the parliament as we all know but was brought back in a new form.
“As a leader we are to provide a transparent and accountable leadership to our constituency so this Bill is very important to keep us leaders in the right direction,” Mr Bulehite said.
The Solomon Star understands that the Anti-Corruption Bill 2016 was withdrawn in the parliament in 2017 to be improved and later re-introduced as Anti-Corruption Bill 2017 last year.
The main reasons for this important Bill are that, corruption in Solomon Islands appeared to be widespread and corruption undermine development and sustain poverty, inhibits economic growth, drives politic instability, enable the unsustainable use of natural resources.
It also have an impact on the delivery of service and undermines good governance and the rule of law.
Meanwhile the people of Gizo/Kolobangara will go to poll tomorrow – Wednesday.