Eradicating bribery and corruption: ‘It should get into the genes’

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

Far reaching amendments would be introduced to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption’ (Commission) to expedite judicial inquiries and conviction of Bribery and Corruption suspects and also to enhance punishments on convicts found guilty of false declaration of assets, a senior official of the Commission said yesterday.

He added that the Commission expected to bring in laws to assign High Courts for preliminary investigations of cases involving financial crimes and to increase the maximum fine under the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act from Rs. 1,000.   

Commission Director General Sarath Jayamanne, PC told the media that the determination and resolve not to accept bribes and engage in any sort of corruptions had been entrenched into the genes of the people in countries where bribery and corruption had been fully eradicated.   

“For instance, there is no particular state establishment for the prevention of corruption like our bribery commission in New Zealand which is the number one country in the Transparency International’s anti corruption index. The situation is similar in most of the Scandinavian countries where corruption is nil. The people in those countries know well that taking bribes and engaging in financial misdeeds are crimes,” Jayamanne stressed.   


Treasury Secretary, Dr.R.H.S.Samaratunga also participated at the discussion.   
Pic by Kithsiri De Mel.   

Mr. Jayamanne at a discussion held yesterday with heads of media institutions at the Information Department’ said a series of amendments were on the cards to strengthen the Commission’s power, efficiency and productivity in all aspects in order to minimize bribery and corruption in the 
public sector .   


Right now, we are dealing only with corruption in the public sector

“Right now, we are dealing only with corruption in the public sector. Attention has been drawn to include the private sector also in corruption control. What is most important in the prevention of bribery and corruption is to make it a national policy, a national habit and a day to day act. Unfortunately we are lacking in this respect and we don’t have a national policy of prevention of bribery and corruption,” he added.   

Mr. Jayamanne in response to Daily Mirror said importance of having a firm policy or habit in prevention of bribery and corruption must be taught in schools and including anti corruption as a subject in the school curriculum would be a good idea.   

Enhancement of Good Governance by the adoption of a National Action Plan to Combat Bribery and Corruption of Sri Lanka requires the enhancement of all related laws as new piece of legislation and amendments to the current Act such as strengthening the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and strengthen institutional structure and human resources of CIABOC.    
Anybody can freely forward their suggestions and proposals to reach the CIABOC under “Proposals for NAPAC” on the left hand corner of the envelope to following address:.   
Director General, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, No. 36, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 7.   

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