24 August 2012
Subject: Who is lagging behind among SADC Member States in Signing and Ratifying Anti-Corruption Conventions?
Harare, Zimbabwe: A study commissioned by the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-Southern Africa) on progress made by SADC member states in terms of signature and ratification of the SADC Protocol against Corruption (SPAC), the AU Convention on preventing and combating corruption (AUCPCC) and the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) made the following findings:
1. Swaziland remains as the only SADC member state that has not ratified the UNCAC;
2. Madagascar has neither signed nor ratified the SPAC whilst Seychelles signed but has not ratified the same; and
3. Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mauritius and Swaziland have not ratified the AUCPCC, whilst Botswana has neither signed nor ratified the convention.
Mr. Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, the Coordinator of ACT-Southern Africa had this to say about the research revelations “ Swaziland should always be asking itself a question on why it is the only one among all SADC member states that have not ratified the UNCAC? This should be a cause for concern not only for citizens of this country but for the entire Southern Africa block and the world at large. I am urging His Majesty King Mswati III and the H.E. Dr Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, the Prime Minister to do ratify without any further delay”
Mr. Chaumba continued that Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mauritius and Swaziland should ratify the AUCPCC whilst Madagascar and Seychelles should ratify the SPAC “Research has shown it clearly that corruption is an enemy of development. I see no reason why Angola, Botswana, DRC, Mauritius and Swaziland should not ratify AUCPCC. I am also calling upon Madagascar and Seychelles to ratify SPAC. I wish my message will get to them that they should ratify and move steps further to domesticate these treaties into their national laws and policies”
The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-Southern Africa) is using the research findings to carry out regional advocacy to ensure that the entire SADC member states sign, ratify and domesticate the SPAC, AUCPCC and UNCAC.
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