Editorial :Anti-corruption Mechanism .. Will it Pay Off?
President of the Republic issued a decision to establish an anti-corruption mechanism attached directly to the presidency under the chairmanship of El-Tayeb Abu Ganaya.
The essential objective of the mechanism is to control the financial corruption and deal with it firmly considering that the Auditor General's report confirmed that the percentage of corruption in most of the institutions exceeded the reasonable rate.
But despite that fact the Auditor General's report did not find the required concern from the concerned parties, as we did not hear up to now that any official was investigated or brought to book to make him a lesson to others.
It is obvious that the concerned parties did not play its required role in fighting the corruption a matter that resulted to issuing that Presidential directive.
The dependence of the anti-corruption mechanism to the Presidency has its significance despite the fact that there are several institutions which could not be controlled considering that the mechanism will depend mainly on the media reports in data collection.
The media doesn't have the access to all the institutions and if it managed to do so it could not reveal the unforeseen corruption which is more dangerous than the evident one.
We believe that the problem is not in establishing the mechanisms and the prosecutions, because the reform needs dealing with the environment that produces the corrupt and provide the atmosphere for their breeding.
However, fighting the corruption could not be done in isolation of a complete project for reformation.
Some observers see that the anti-corruption mechanism might form addition burdens on the government considering that corruption could not be fought through a mechanism that gets its information from the available media.
They think that the first steps to fight the corruption is to refer to the last report of the Auditor General and take the necessary measures against the institutions where it is proved to have encroachment on public money.
Such an action will reflect positively on the rest of the institutions.
Most important is the transparency in the investigations conducted by the anti-corruption mechanism and the publishing of the results to the public.
There are several corruption issues published in the newspapers and is known to the public, so it is the duty of the anti-corruption mechanism to start with it otherwise the public will consider that mechanism as a tool to bury the corruption cases rather than a means to fight it.
We urge the anti-corruption mechanism to open its doors to media to provide it with the required documents and follow its mission.
We wish the anti-corruption mechanism every success in its mission.
By Sudan Vision, 08/01/2012