Corruption grows because of politics: ACC chairman

Major parties not sincere in fighting graft

The Daily Star July 4, 2012

The two main political parties in the country are “not sincere” in fulfilling their electoral pledges to tackle corruption, Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman has said.

“Promises to fight graft are aplenty in the electoral manifestos of the two main political parties [Awami League and BNP]. But initiatives to implement their manifestos and promises are not seen,” Ghulam Rahman was quoted as saying at a discussion at the commission auditorium in the capital yesterday.

The press was not invited to the programme organised by Bangladesh Enterprise Ltd.

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Meeting sources on condition of anonymity told The Daily Star that the anti-graft body boss said political will was imperative to check corruption.

Later in the afternoon, the ACC chief briefed the media at his office where he said, “The amendment to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act has remained pending for the last one and a half years. I hope it will be amended during the current parliament session.”

Asked why the press had not been invited to cover the discussion, Ghulam Rahman told this newspaper over the phone, “We did not think it necessary. It is for me to decide whether or not I will call anybody to my home.”

It may be mentioned that the ACC on June 28 imposed a ban on media access to its office.

The 11:00am to 1:00pm discussion was chaired by the ACC chairman and was attended by Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir, Comptroller and Auditor General Ahmed Ataul Hakeem, ACC Commissioner Mohammad Sahabuddin Chuppu and Information Commissioners Abu Taher and Sadeka Halim, among others.

“Access to information is people’s right. Transparency and accountability of the government can be ensured only by ensuring people’s access to information on all important issues,” the chief information commissioner was quoted as saying at the discussion.