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Cover for whistleblowers

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THE Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has introduced a promulgation that protects whistleblowers.

This was revealed at the Transparency International Fiji (TI Fiji) roundtable discussion with key stakeholders from the Judicial Department, Fiji National Provident Fund, Lands and Survey Department and FICAC last week.

A whistleblower in this case refers to any employee, member of management or board of directors or external stakeholder, who discloses serious concerns or reports serious wrong within the organisation rather than ignoring the problem and "blowing the whistle" outside.

However, the FICAC promulgation does not cover what will happen to them when they return to work.

"There is a provision in the FICAC Promulgation to protect people who report on acts of corruption, that is 'whistleblowers'," said TI Fiji's programme director for Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) Davina Chan.

FRCA chief executive Jitoko Tikolevu said if cases were referred to audit compliance (Tax Division), they would be handled like all other case with utmost secrecy.