The hesitance of people with knowledge of corrupt practices to blow the whistle on such transgressions is one of the greatest challenges to eliminating corruption, says Chief of Staff at the President’s Office, Ali Zahir.
President’s Office, this Sunday morning, initiated a two-day seminar on elimination of corruption and good governance at government institutions – one of the goals in President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration’s 100-Day Agenda.
Opening the seminar at the National Art Gallery, Chief of Staff at the President’s Office, Ali Zahir expressed concern over the hesitance of people to reveal acts of corruption.
“One of the greatest challenges to eliminating acts of corruption is the inability or hesitance of people with knowledge of acts of corruption to reveal the transgressions,” said Ali Zahir.
He announced the administration has submitted the Whistleblower Protection Bill to the Parliament designed to provide legal protection to the people who reveal information about acts of corruption.
Ali Zahir stressed the pressing need to establish a system to stop acts of corruption and make people who engage in acts of corruption accountable – which he said the administration was working towards.
He also noted that eliminating corruption alone wasn’t enough for good governance.
“Maintaining legitimate rule, holding State institutions accountable and responsible, increasing the efficiency of the institutions to ensure they produce the necessary results is also an important principle of good governance,” said Ali Zahir.
The seminar is directed at both government ministries, offices and independent institutions.
Sessions at the seminar will be taken by relevant institutions and offices including the Attorney General’s Office, Anti-Corruption Commission, Transparency Maldives and International Republic Institute.