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Parliament has withdrawn the Anti – Corruption Bill 2016 from the Business Paper on the floor of Parliament on Monday 28th of August 2017.

The Prime Minister sought leave under Standing Order 31(1) to move the motion to withdraw the Bill.

The motion was moved by the Prime Minister without notice under Standing Order 26 (1) due to the following reasons:

  • The Bills and Legislation Committee made some very good recommendations to improve this Bill, therefore, government needs to improve the Bill by including recommendations from the Bills and Legislations Committee. The Bill will be reintroduced in Parliament as a new Bill.

There was objection on the motion from the Leader of Opposition, Hon. Jeremiah Manele who deferred the Prime Minister’s intention to withdraw the Bill.

He said despite the number of recommendations from the BLC, the overall recommendation of the committee was for the house to proceed with the Bill.

“In that regard, I would like to defer from this intention to withdraw the Bill,” Hon. Manele stated.

He added that this country is also looking forward to the passage of this legislation.

Leader of Independent Group in Parliament, Hon. Dr Derick Sikua also joined the Leader of Opposition in objecting the withdrawal of the Bill.

Hon. Sikua who strongly opposed the withdrawal asked, “What is the Prime Minister afraid of?”

He went on to say, “This is not in the interest of Good Governance of this country.”

He highlighted that there are legislations already passed by this Parliament that are hanging on this anti- corruption Bill 2016, therefore the Bill should not be withdrawn.

“Sir, I object to the withdrawal of the anti-corruption Bill 2016 because it is not in the interest of the good governance of this country and the interest of our people.”

However, the Prime Minister maintained his stand to withdraw the Bill and strongly refuted objections from both sides of the house saying, his government is standing up to improve this Bill and draw recommendations from the Bills and Legislations Committee.

He promised that it will return with much improved provisions to tackle corruption.

A total of 31 government MPs voted in support of the motion and only 10 from both the Opposition and Independent Groups voted against the motion and 9 MPs were absent from Parliament at the time of voting.

The Bill is now before cabinet but there is no clear indication of when it will be reintroduced in Parliament.

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