22 Jul 2008

Tonga's anti-corruption commission dismissed as useless

2:04 pm on 22 July 2008

The number one people's representative in Tonga says the new Anti Corruption Commission is useless because it can't investigate the king.

The Anti Corruption Commission was established a month ago to investigate suspected wrongdoing and improve the level of governance in the kingdom.

But Akilisi Pohiva says the Commission can only fight corruption on the lower and middle levels of government and other institutions, not on the upper ones.

"Anti corruption is a good thing, but it can only function well and effectively under a fully democratic government. Under the present system, it's not going to function well, simply because we still have a form of government which is undemocratic and not accountable to the people."

Akilisi Pohiva says Tonga must change its governance system.