Corruption is a menace

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs,” for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says.

Corruption is a menace and is one of the factors that actually debilitate the African continent.

The year 2018 was declared the ‘Africa Anti-Corruption Year’ and the Policy Organs requested the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) to come up with an appropriate theme for it, which is, “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,”

Aspiration 3 of Agenda 2063 also calls for an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law.

Project 2018 was a response to the declaration of the year 2018 as the African Year dedicated to combatting corruption and the thrust for this project was derived from coordinated and amplified efforts from all stakeholders in the fight against corruption.

At the national front, The Gambia is making gains on corruption but more efforts are needed to put in place to blunt it effects. President Barrow has said at the Legislative Year 2018 that a draft Anti-Corruption Bill has been finalised and ready to be submitted to the Cabinet for final review and approval with the aspiration to foster good governance and combat corruption.

According o him, the bill would seek to establish an Anti-Corruption Commission and provide effective measures for the eradication, suppression and prevention of corruption and corrupt practices in both private and public life in The Gambia. We expect to table the bill before this August body by the end of 2018.

In June 2018, the director of Press and Public Relation of the Office of the President had announced that plans were underway for the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Commission in the country. She, however, make it clear that this commission would be different from the investigation taskforce and that after setting up the Anti-Corruption Commission its terms of reference will be clearly outlined.

The African Union this year noted that despite many gains since the adoption of the Convention in 2003, the challenge of corruption still persist and this undermines development on the continent.

New evidence also suggests that there is a strong link between threats such as illicit financial flows and corruption which need to be tackled.

In the New Gambia, despite efforts of finalising the Anti-corruption bill, it is yet to go through formal procedures to become a law.

“Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.”

Joe Biden