2022 General Election: ‘FICAC removes corruption’

PM Voreqe Bainimarama Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

It is because of the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) that Fiji’s corruption rating dropped from 55 to 45 out of 180 countries.

Prime Minister and FijiFirst party (FFP) leader Voreqe Bainimarama said this at a campaign rally in Nakurukuru, Lami, on Thursday evening.

He said the Sitiveni Rabuka-led The People’s Alliance (PA) party’s plan to get rid of FICAC was questionable.

“Now the PA party is saying that they will phase out FICAC,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Our corruption rating has dropped from 55 to 45 because FICAC was brought in.

“FICAC removes corruption, fraud and anything that’s not good (for the nation) — that’s the work of FICAC.

“But now it’s Rabuka’s plan to have FICAC removed.”

He said Mr Rabuka’s tenure as prime minister was one of Fiji’s darkest days.

“The only reason they want to remove FICAC is so that corruption can happen again in our nation.”

Meanwhile, Transparency International’s 2021 Global Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Fiji 45th out of 180 countries in the world.

The last Corruption Perceptions Index reported in 2004 showed that Fiji scored 40 out of 100 while the score for 2021 was 55 out of 100.

A statement on the Transparency International website said a country’s score was the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0-100, where 0 meant highly corrupt and 100 meant very clean.

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