The Gambia will be having an anti-corruption commission and has on Thursday validated a bill to establish its first anti-corruption agency.
The country’s Justice Minister Mama Fatima Singhateh said that corruption in any country weakens the framework of government agencies and has a negative impact on national development.
“It is without doubt, the number one enemy to the progress and development of any country, especially developing countries,” said Singhateh
The commission will harness efforts to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices.
The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has pushed for the prosecution of more than two dozen officials, who were accused of the “worst corruption” in his 22-year rule.
The Justice Department has charged many officials of causing economic loss the country but many of the cases were said to be politically motivated.
“The active leadership of President Yahya Jammeh has not relented in its effort to continue promoting the advancement and improvement of all government institutions and services, subject to the public service accountability,” according to the Justice Minister Signhateh.
Gambia scored 28 points out of 100 on the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Index in Gambia averaged 27.85 Points from 2003 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 35 Points in 2011 and a record low of 19 Points in 2008.
Gambia is the 123 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries. The West African nation was 123 from 2003 until 2015, reaching an all-time high of 158 in 2008 and a record low of 77 in 2011.
The commission will be tasked with investigating corruption cases.