Independent Commission Against Corruption,
Transparency and accountability are recognized to be the hallmark of respected democratic governments. In Mauritius the legislative body, the National Assembly, has over the last three decades shown growing interest on ways and means of ensuring transparency, accountability and reducing the extent and risks of corruption. More recently the National Assembly set up a Select Committee on Fraud and Corruption.
The Select Committee which submitted its report on 18 December 2001 made an exhaustive and objective assessment on the general perception and risks of corruption at institutional level and in the day to day life of the ordinary citizens. The Report of the Select Committee has exposed in no uncertain terms the shortcomings and weaknesses of previous enactments and made a survey of the legislative frameworks in a number of countries which have acquired a long experience in the fight against corruption.
On the strength of the Report and bearing
in mind the demand and proposals of the public for enhanced transparency
and accountability in public life, the National Assembly met in emergency
session on 4 February 2002 and enacted:-
The Prevention of Corruption Act 2002
The Act strengthens the laws on corruption and fraud by introducing new corruption offences, which will be punished by severe penalties, to more effectively combat the scourge of corruption. And also provides for the creation of a new institution to be known as the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) which will have power to:
The Commission started operations on 1 June 2002 and consists of a Commissioner and two Deputy Commissioners, namely
Mr. Navin Beekarry - Commissioner
Mr Navin Beekary