Tonga observed International Anti-corruption Day 2018
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/12/2018
The Ombudsman, ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, SC and his staff observed the United Nations International Anti-corruption Day on Sunday, 9th December, together with members of the FWC of Fasimoeafi ‘a Tungi.
The UN theme of the 2018 Anti-corruption Day is: United against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.
The preacher, Rev. Viliami Finau of the Lotofale’ia Tongan Methodist Parish in New Zealand, made a special tribute acknowledging the importance of the theme and the works and services of the Ombudsman and his staff for the people of Tonga.
Rev. Finau highlighted the core services of the Ombudsman and the staff, towards upholding the values of Good Governance and in effort to counter corruption.
Rev. Finau then led a special prayer for the works of the Ombudsman in light of this year’s theme of the Anti-corruption Day.
The primary function of the Office of the Ombudsman is to accept complaints from the public against maladministration and services of the government ministries, departments and public enterprises.
the Ombudsman, ‘Aisea Taumoepeau, said the Office of the Ombudsman through its outreach program promoting good governance principles therefore assists in preventing corruption by advocating to public officers that they should understand the responsibilities of their positions and familiarize themselves with their laws and policies and adhering to them.
The United Nations set the annual theme of the International Anti-corruption Day calling on all member countries, including Tonga, to highlight its importance and to inform everyone to understand the dangers of corruption.
According to the UN, Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune to this crime.
The global campaign “Corruption: An impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals” focuses on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
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