Parliament, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 – The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is shocked and disappointed to find that of all the finalised cases prosecuted by the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT), all of them were settled through plea bargaining. None of the cases were fully prosecuted through convictions, meaning that all of them are outcomes where corrupt people have negotiated their way out of prison, which largely defeats the objective of using sentencing as a deterrent against corruption.
There is a possibility that Scopa may meet with the political leadership of the ACTT because the Committee has a feeling that there is a lack of political leadership over the process to make its impact felt on the ground and in the eyes of the public.
Going forward, Scopa will be meeting with the ACTT on a quarterly basis to make sure that the Committee keeps tabs on the work that they do because the fight against corruption is very important.
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