Assembly’s role in fight against corruption highlighted


Members of the committee of chairpersons of the National Assembly and the two AU representatives after their meeting this week

The delegation – comprising Dr Edward Hoseah and Henriette Diop Tall -- visited the National Assembly building at Ile du Port, where they discussed the role of the National Assembly to strengthen the fight against corruption in Seychelles and how the AU Advisory Board can help the National Assembly to promote and encourage the adoption of measures and actions by the state to prevent, detect and eradicate corruption.

Both delegations agreed that though Seychelles is doing its best to fight corruption there is still opportunity to improve its ranking on the Corruption Perception Index. Seychelles is ranked 50th on the index.

Dr Hoseah pointed out that though Seychelles acceded to the AU Convention on Corruption on June 1, 2008, it has not yet ratified the convention.

He spelled out the advantages of ratifying the Convention, which included technical assistance and training of the staff and members of the National Assembly and consultancy as well as the drafting of any anti-corruption law.

Once Seychelles ratifies the convention, it will also receive help to better advocate and create awareness among the young people.

Both sides also agreed on the need to set up an anti-corruption body to oversee the problem of corruption in Seychelles, and to also strengthen the committees of the National Assembly, namely the Finance and Public Accounts Committee and the Government Assurances Committee, to make them more effective in their oversight role in fighting corruption.

Dr Herminie said “In a democracy like Seychelles, the National Assembly is the central institution of oversight and accountability and so it follows that a strong committee system is absolutely essential in the fight against corruption.”