On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, the IACC calls for a united front against corruption in Somalia

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Mogadishu, Somalia – 9 December 2021 – On the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC) today emphasized the need for a united front against corruption as a new commitment to ensure transparency and accountability in Somalia.

Today’s ceremony also marks Somalia’s accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on 11 August this year. It further recognizes August 14 as the National Anti-Corruption Day.

Corruption erodes trust in government institutions and undermines social contracts. This is a cause for concern everywhere, especially in fragile contexts such as Somalia. The IACC believes that the fight against corruption is crucial to achieving progress and sustainable change in Somalia.

“The IACC recognizes that corruption comes in different forms and requires different strategies to address it. This also requires determined concerted efforts to overcome self-interest. We therefore reiterate our strong commitment to combating and stopping corruption that is seen as a national threat.” , says Dr. Mohamed Hussein Hamud, Chairman of the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission.

Dr. Hamud warned individuals – both public and private – who are involved in corruption and steal public resources. “The time for accountability has come. No one is above the law. We will start investigations soon. We also ask civil society groups to support our efforts to prevent corruption, improve measures to address inaccuracies when they occur,” he said. Dr. Hamud.

The Minister of Justice, HE Yusuf Gama’did, has called on all government agencies to cooperate with the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IAC). “The Ministry of Justice is very pleased to see that the IACC is carrying out its constitutional mandate effectively. Therefore, we urge all government ministries to join the IACC,” he added.

Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi Isse, Chief of Staff of the President’s Office, says that corruption can only be eradicated when corrupt officials are investigated and prosecuted despite their powers or influence. He also encouraged the IACC to carry out its mission.

The IACC also presents its three-year anti-corruption strategy, which places education and awareness among the public on building an anti-corruption culture at the heart of the strategy.

Members of parliament, lawyers, the elderly, religious scholars, representatives of civil society and the media have participated in the event.

International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated annually, on 9 December, since the adoption of the UN Convention against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness of anti-corruption.

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