The Society for Democratic Initiative (SDI) has raised concern about the conduct of the Commission of Enquiry, that it should not be used as a witch hunt against the SLPP.
According to the organization, despite the premium the government has given in curbing the culture of impunity towards corruption, they take in to cognizance the concerns raised by the opposition SLPP about it being a witch hunt and a way of silencing aspiring SLPP leaders.
SDI views this move by the government as a laudable venture, in bringing about sanity to the country’s public service; and in an effort to address the issue of corruption.
They posed that the Commission of Enquiry is necessary to probe wrong doings and that if the SLPP is satisfied with their performance during their days in power, they should allow the Commission to work, and also subject themselves to the due process.
Similarly they raised concern about the duplicity of the Commission of Enquiry and the existence of the Anti Corruption Commission; that is responsible to fight corruption, and considering the enormity of both financial and human resources which has been invested into strengthening the ACC, “ the concern is how the ACC and the Commission of Enquiry would operate side by side?
Reverting to history, it has been documented that Commissions of Enquiry have been very less successful in checkmating official mishaps. The findings and recommendations of most Commissions have been left to rot on shelves of previous governments.
The organization made reference to both the Beoku-Betts and Beccles-Davis Commissions of Enquiry as typical examples. SDI is also concerned about the open-ended nature of the life span of the Commission of Enquiry and believes that such a Commission should have a time that would guide the process and should be completed within the required time. It is hoped that the Commission of Enquiry would go by its honest and intended purpose, and that it would be allowed to work in a free and fair atmosphere, and won’t be used as an instrument for political witch-hunt.
SDI is further hopeful that the newly instituted Commission of Enquiry would not end up deviating government’s attention from that of addressing other pressing national issues, to concentrate on what happened during the era of the recent past government.
It is also hoped that, the Commission of Enquiry would not further divide the country along political and tribal lines, considering the bi-polar politics of the country. SDI calls on all those concern to go by the dictates of the law.
The entire episode brings into play the need for an access to information law in the country.