OC shouldn’t challenge Icac


THE Ombudsman Commission should not challenge the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac).
It should work with Icac, the police fraud squad, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and fast-track the long outstanding high profile cases against leaders before the next national general election.
The interim chairman of Icac Thomas Eluh is no-nonsense and anti-corruption advocate.
He was trained by the Australian Army Corp at the then Joint Services College.
The Ombudsman Commission does not seem to have the power to prosecute leaders before a competent court in our country.
It is not informing people about the number of high-profile cases it has and the actions it has taken.
There were serious allegations against the chief ombudsman by his own senior officers.
The allegations are about the ethical issues in the commission.
As a complainant who lodged leadership and administrative complaints with the Ombudsman Commission, I am frustrated  because this case had dragged on for quite some time and the people in my district are starting to wonder about what is happening in the Ombudsman Commission.
The people of this country look at the Ombudsman Commission as our last line of defence for the protection of democracy, to stop elected leaders from the abuse of public office and to ensure the equal distribution of wealth, including public funds.
We trust in the Ombudsman Commission to carry out its duties and responsibilities without fear or favour.

Bill Urukapi