1 JACL 1 (2017)

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         THE  ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION OF SEYCHELLES


                                          Honourable  Justice Duncan Gaswaga*


1      INTRODUCTION
On  behalf of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Seychelles, allow me to welcome
you all to this function as we formally open our doors to members of the public
who  have complaints about corruption. Our mandate is:

       to receive complaints from any person or entity, investigate, detect and
       prevent practices linked to corruption in both the public and private sector.

This is the first public event organised by the Commission, and I must say that I am
truly happy and humbled   that you have honoured  our invitation. Your presence
here clearly signifies the importance of the need to eradicate corruption from our
society.

       Today we  denounce  corruption in all its forms. By standing here with us in
the open as we take the first steps in fighting corruption, you make history in this
country. A person of integrity never fears to face the world at any time. As the
leadership of this beautiful nation, we should be exemplary and not only condemn
but also practically avoid and fight corruption. Each one of us should shun and
desist from corruption if the citizens are to enjoy better services. The Commission
shall not condone impunity. Not even the so-called small fish will be left swimming
freely, because it is the widespread occurrence of such small acts of corruption that
amount  cumulatively to a big dent in the economy of a country.

       The Seychellois people should find comfort and confidence in the fact that
we  are a self-governing, neutral and independent  Commission  under  nobody's
control, authority or direction. We  are not  subject to the command of the
executive, the legislature, the judiciary or any other entity or person. Matters shall


*      Hon Justice Gaswaga is the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Seychelles.
       This contribution combines the contents of two of his speeches, the first delivered on the
       occasion of the establishment of the Commission on 29 September 2016 and the second on
       the occasion of the launch of the Commission on 27 April 2017.


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