Somaliland:Head of GGACC Calls for a Zero Tolerance on Corruption in Government Institutions
By Goth Mohamed Goth
The chairman of Somaliland Good Governance and anti-Corruption Commission “GGACC” Mr. Ahmed Muhumed Madar has revealed for the first time the existence of inconsistences in all governmental institutions and that this can be rooted out only if the anti-graft body is given the full authority by the law and been afforded greater freedom to advance issues promoting transparency and good governance.
The head of Somaliland Good Governance and anti-Corruption Commission “GGACC” who is currently touring regions of the country to inspect how governmental institutions run their day to day business which is something the agency does every two years.
In a rare interview with SomalilandPress.com reporter said, “Somaliland lacks the required legislative mandates in dealing with corruption. The overall efforts to combat corruption are scattered and uncoordinated as systemic corruption in the country continues to impede democratic development and broader reform efforts. Corruption is a principal challenge to economic, poverty alleviation, democratic governance, the justice framework and the rule of law in Somaliland.
“The bill was crucial because the commission, which was established informally in 2010, was obstructed by a lack of enforcement power, Mr. Madar said. The proposed new law should force [government] leaders to understand that they are accountable to the public, that their work and conduct will be judged, and that legal action can be taken against them,” he said.
Mr. Madar added, “During our inspection of the regions we have seen lots of inconsistences in almost every governmental institution and the essence of establishing this commission was to address and oversight corruption practices in Somaliland, for this reason the Cabinet of Ministers passed a new law to establish an independent Commission for Good Governance and Ant Corruption.
The head of Somaliland Good Governance and anti-Corruption Commission “GGACC” expressed his reservations by saying this bill, in my view it seems to me poor bill, because these draft only talking about some functions of the Commission derived of power to executed that’s why Commission must be issued with mandate with clear objectives, to ensure how public and private organizations use their powers.
Mr. Madar further said, “Its clear governmental agencies have not been efficient and have not worked in a manner that reflects good governance and benefits their communities, he said.
Lastly, Mr. Madar said “The current bill in place is ineffective and we (Commission) plan to issue and bring to the Parliament the various existing gaps and amendments to the current legal framework and currently as the way things are, it’s clear a lack of will to implement this changes on the part of the legislative body and also the present government and as a result, GGACC requires cooperation to develop coordinated efforts to identify and report on corruption issues and to work in concert to raise awareness of anti-corruption programs to gain significant grip and meet the aim of promoting transparency and establishing a culture of integrity among Somaliland’s various constituents.