Commissioner Western Office Pledges Commitment in the Fight Against Bribery

Media Team   |   14 Jun 2022

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) continues its nation-wide anti-bribery campaign and integrity efforts by embracing more stakeholders taking up the campaign and spreading the message of anti-bribery across the nation.

The Commissioner Western’s Office has joined the “I don’t accept bribes” campaign, a joint nationwide initiative by FICAC with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.

The launch of the anti-bribery campaign took place in the presence of officials of the Commissioner Western’s Office and representatives from FICAC on 12 May 2022 in Lautoka.

In his keynote address, Commissioner Western Mr Mesake Ledua stated that the launch of the public integrity and anti-bribery campaign in the Western Division was timely.

“The awareness should begin at the leadership level in the Division before it is trickled down to the districts and then to the grass root people. Those who hold supervisory positions must understand and appreciate the stance of the Government in eliminating corruption,” said Mr. Ledua.

“Government has put in place measures to prevent corruption. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the supervisors themselves to abide by those measures at all times and simultaneously ensure that those under their charge also comply,” added Mr. Ledua.

Mr. Ledua further added that as the Commissioner Western, he would be providing his full support for the public integrity and anti-bribery campaign initiative. “My assurance is in line with the pillars of good governance, which include the rule of law, moral integrity, transparency, participation, responsibility and accountability, and effectiveness and efficiency. These are the basis on which we should execute our work to advance development,” stated Mr. Ledua.

Speaking during the launch, Manager Investigations West/North Mr. Uwate Biutanaseva stated that the aim behind the nationwide public integrity and anti-bribery campaign is to encourage Civil Servants to openly embrace integrity and build a culture of resilience against the incitement to bribery.

“Corruption should not be a “sting in the tail” and should never be accepted as “necessary evil. Therefore, the Commission is obliged to work hand in hand with all Public Sector Institutions like yours to ensure that our Mission and Vision for our beloved Nation is successfully achieved,” added Mr. Biutanaseva.

Mr. Biutanaseva emphasized the importance that addressing and fighting corruption and bribery needs the whole-of-society efforts.

“Fighting bribery and other forms of corruption is not possible through lone efforts. We need a stronger unified fort to battle against corruption and bribery. Therefore, your support is vital. Your stakeholders, vendors and other important clients need to be aware that you are putting on this shield to embrace integrity and that you are transparent with all your dealings. This improves the delivery of services you offer and garner wider support from the general public towards your institution and its vision,” stated Mr. Biutanaseva.

The campaign is supported by UNDP under the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project funded by the New Zealand Government.