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National Assembly votes Declaration of Assets Bill

Date: December 13, 2018
Domain:Economy & Finance; Judiciary
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 13 December, 2018: The Declaration of Assets Bill which provides for a new legal framework governing the declaration of assets in the public sector in Mauritius, and for matters related thereto, was voted in the National Assembly, yesterday. The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications  and National  Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, presented the Bill which is in line with Government’s 2015-2019 Programme.
In his summing up, the Prime Minister indicated that members of the National Assembly unanimously voted in favour of the Bill without amendment, adding that the object of this Bill is to make better and more comprehensive provisions for the declaration of assets by holders of important offices in the public sector. He underpinned the initiative which essentially ensures transparency, as a major step in Government’s strategy to fight against corruption.
 
Accordingly, he said, the Bill repeals the Declaration of Assets Act and extends the scope of assets to be declared as well as the categories of persons. In addition to Ministers, members of the National Assembly, Commissioners for the Island of Rodrigues, members of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly and Councillors of a Municipal City Council, Municipal Town Council or District Council, shall be required to make a declaration of their assets and liabilities to the various authorities.
 
These include:   judicial officers and senior public officers; the Chief Executives of a Municipal City Council, Municipal Town Council or District Council, and officers of such Councils drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above; Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of State-owned enterprises and statutory bodies, and officers of such enterprises and statutory bodies drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above; advisers and officers employed on a contractual basis in Ministries, drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above.
 
The Bill also provides that the Independent Commission against Corruption shall be the depository of every declaration, and for matters related thereto.
 
This Act shall apply to every member of the National Assembly, including the Speaker of the National Assembly, and every Minister; every member of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, including the Chairperson of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, and every Commissioner ; every Councillor of a Municipal City Council, Municipal Town Council or District Council; every Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of a Municipal City Council, Municipal Town Council or District Council.
 
It also applies to, as the case may be ; every judicial officer and senior public officer; every Chief Executive of a Municipal City Council, Municipal Town Council or District Council, and every officer of such Councils drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above; every Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of State-owned enterprises and statutory bodies, and every officer of such enterprises and statutory bodies drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above and every adviser and officer employed on a contractual basis in Ministries, drawing salary at the level of Deputy Permanent Secretary and above.
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
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