Role and Functions of the Commission
The Commission was established to ensure that public officials uphold high standards of integrity in the performance of their public functions and also to give effect to the provisions of The Inter-American Convention against Corruption. It will assist in improving the standards of good governance, transparency and accountability in government.
The law provides for the Integrity Commission to receive and verify the accuracy of declarations of financial affairs from public officials; to investigate complaints of impropriety, corruption and misconduct by public officials; and for prosecution of persons found guilty of crimes according to the Acts.
Its functions are to:
- Carry out those functions and exercise the powers pursuant to the provisions of the Integrity in Public life Act No.24 of 2013 and the Prevention of Corruption Act No. 15 of 2007;
- Receive and examine all declarations filed pursuant to the provisions of the Act;
- Make such inquiries as it considers necessary in order to verify or determine the accuracy of a declaration filed pursuant to the provisions of this Act;
- Receive and investigate complaints regarding any alleged breaches of the provisions of this Act or the commission of any suspected offence under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 252A;
- Investigate the conduct of any person falling under the purview of the Commission which,in the opinion of the Commission, may be considered dishonest or conducive to corruption;
- Examine the practices and procedures of public bodies;
- Instruct, advise and assist the heads of public bodies with respect to changes in practices or procedures which may be necessary to reduce the occurrence of corrupt practices;
- Carry out programmes of public education intended to foster an understanding of the standard of integrity;
- Perform such other functions and exercise such powers as are required pursuant to the provisions of this Act.