The Office of the Ombudsman, Tonga, hosted its first ever Integrity March promoting good governance, transparency and accountability on Friday 20 October 2017.
Over 200 people participated in the Integrity March, including representatives from the Tongan Government, Police, key Government Ministries and community groups.
The March concluded with a public forum hosted by special guests the Honourable Fane Tupou Vava’u, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu’ivakano, Ombudsman of Tonga, Áisea Havea Taumoepeau SC and representatives from the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC), Maria Adomeit.
Ms Adomeit commended the participants for joining the Integrity March.
“Actions by ordinary citizens are a critical part of the effort to prevent and combat corruption – reporting incidences of corruption to the authorities, teaching children that corruption is unacceptable, and refusing to pay or accept bribes.
Today’s march is a great example of the action taken by these different stakeholders in Tonga. As the slogan for today says, “Dare to be firm and speak with integrity”.
Representatives from integrity agencies in 14 Pacific Island countries joined the march, ending a week in Tonga for Advanced Investigations Training, co-sponsored by the Pacific Integrity Network and UN-PRAC.
On behalf of the Pacific Integrity Network, congratulations to the Office of the Ombudsman of Tonga on a highly successful and powerful Integrity March!