Country Report, Republic of Mauritius

9th SAFAC AGM, Nov 2011

 

(A.K.Ujoodha, Director General, ICAC Mauritius)

 

 

1.0       Introduction

 It is already nine years now since the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was established. Following amendments to the PoCA in 2005, the members of the board were appointed in May 2006 and the newly constituted Commission started its mandate.

 The first year was mainly concerned with the establishment and structuring of the institution. At the very start, it became crystal clear that a number of challenges and issues needed to be addressed immediately. Though the institution was operational it became apparent that the latter was dysfunctional. The following issues were the priorities of the new Commission:

 

  • High Turnover of staff
  • Huge backlog of cases
  • New complaints yet to be initiated
  • Low staff morale
  • No comprehensive procedures and policies
  • No strategy for each division
  • Low public confidence and bad corporate image
  • Inadequate multi-skilled resources
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Staff not well versed with laws pertaining to ICAC
  • No follow up on investigation and no prioritization of cases
  • Lack of inter-division communication
  • Inexistent results regarding completed investigations and prosecutions
  • No or inappropriate IT Infrastructure
  • No strategy for Rodrigues (another island falling under the jurisdiction of Mauritius)

The Commission took as mission to make corruption socially and morally unacceptable through a culture of integrity, public intolerance against corruption, public confidence in the fight against corruption and effective law enforcement through a participatory approach with the community and stakeholders, including government and the press. 

Since then, no stone was left unturned to address constraints faced by the Commission to effectively fight corruption at all fonts. There has been a U-turn in the management style and strategic direction taken by the new Commission through turnkey solutions and enhanced focus on increasing the success rate of prosecuting Corruption and Money Laundering offences.  Read More.