In Tunis, Fight Against Corruption 'Is Selective'. INLUCC Is Trying to Change That.

Published October 2nd, 2018 - 08:15 GMT
The war on corruption should not be selective. (Shutterstock)
The war on corruption should not be selective. (Shutterstock)

Mohamed Ayadi, a member of the National Anti-Corruption Authority (French: INLUCC) said the war on corruption should not be selective, calling for the enforcement of the law without exception to ensure the rule of law, without distinction between citizens, politicians, businessmen or civil servants.

"The law requires the administrative structures, ministries, House of People’s Representatives and the Central Bank to create structures within them to receive reports of the anti-corruption body," Ayadi said during the presentation by the One-to-One Survey Institute of the results of the Afro-barometre on corruption indices Tunisia on Monday.

He, one the other hand, denounced the "reprisals of officials of public administrations and institutions against whistleblowers.”

The INLUCC official said the results of the survey shows the extent of corruption, especially since citizens have not perceived a serious treatment of the issue of corruption and did not see real lawsuits, claiming that public enterprises and administrations have refused to enforce court judgments in favour of whistleblowers.

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On the causes of the extent of the phenomenon of corruption, Ayadi said they are structural and political, with the political power oscillating between strength and weakness since 2011.

The fight against corruption requires a collective effort, he further indicated.

Ayadi, a former member of the Investigation Commission on Corruption and the Dignity and Truth Commission, pointed out that the legislative arsenal is complementary to the adoption of the Access to Information Act and the Law on protection of whistleblowers, "but it may be useless if it is not really operational".

For the INLUCC member, the fight against the illicit enrichment and the declaration of assets require strengthening the authority in technical, human and material resources to cope with the huge volume of declarations (200 thousand) relating to 37 categories of officials, companies, parties, customs agents, taxation, judges, academics, organisations, mayors and presidents of authorities.

He also deplored the slowness of the judgments, although a large number of corruption cases have been brought to justice with 459 cases transferred by the investigation commission, which have not been dealt with for the most part, as well as 94 cases gathered by INLUCC in 2016 and more than 250 other cases submitted in 2017.

For his part, deputy chairman of the committee of administrative reform, good governance, fight against corruption and financial control at the HPR Sahbi Ben Fraj acknowledged that people have a bad impression of parliament.

"The problem in the fight against corruption lies in the slowness of justice that does not pronounce final and dissuasive judgments," he said, calling t address "rampant corruption" by adopting technological tools and through control and accountability.


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