‘I make no distinction between petty or grand corruption’

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- ACC Commissioner asserts

February 20, 2018 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Commissioner Ady  Macauley

Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has emphasised that he draws no distinction between petty or grand corruption as his concentration has been to fight the menace holistically.

There has been serious criticism that since he took over the ACC in 2016, Ady Macauley has been putting all his energy into running after those in small offices than the bigger corrupt officials.

In an interview with Concord Times recently, Commissioner Macauley said: “I have not concentrated on petty corruption but corruption as a whole. If it happens that majority of the people we are catching are those occupying offices that are tagged small fish, so be it.”

According to him, in looking at the seriousness of the level of corruption involved in a particular case, one should not look at the office or nomenclature of the individual but the act and consequences.

He added that the act and consequences thereafter always inform the commission as to whether the case is important or not.

With regards the status of corruption cases in court, especially the 50th Independence Anniversary matter, commissioner Macauley said the case is currently awaiting judgment in the High Court.

“We are working towards expediting other cases we have taken to court, even though we are challenged personnel-wise at the commission. We can do with more staff members. It is always our intention to improve on our work, which includes taking new staff but we are limited by the budget we receive,” he said.

As a result of few personnel, the ACC commissioner admitted that investigation of cases have taken longer than they ought to.