ICAC Bill covers all public servants, not OC

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Bill is not similar to the Ombudsman Commission.

Secretary of the Constitutional Law Reform Commission, Dr Eric Kwa, says under the ICAC Bill, any corrupt activity at the National to Local Government Level will be dealt with, unlike the OC.

He said when the ICAC Bill was first proposed, there were questions raised about the duplicated roles it would serve in parallel with the Ombudsman Commission.

However, Dr Kwa clarified that both institutions play very different roles, with the OC only dealing with specific leaders in the country while the ICAC has a much wider reach.

The Ombudsman Commission only deals with elected leaders. Not every leader,” he said.

“Anything to do with corruption ICAC deals with it. Leadership with the Ombudsman Commission.”

Cedric Patjole