Mauritius is risking a lot more than we can think of, including slipping down in the anti-corruption global rating.
But there is a lot more at stake.
There is the reputation of the Island nation and its acceptability to foreign investors as a place where their investment will be safeguarded.
But with a series of events that has jolted the nation in the past few years, fears are the reputation is at stake.
Mauritius should take reports that its corruption index has a ‘pervasive and ingrained’ element attached to it.
“The role of the island state as a centre for offshore financial services continues to be a driver of high-level corruption.
Petty corruption in law enforcement and customs is also rampant,” said Transparency International.
It does not end there since there is more to the Anti-corruption rating than meets the eye.
TI also said at the legislative level, there are enduring weaknesses in the integrity framework.
Ti said this of concern was the lack of a right to information act.
It also said regulations dealing both with private sector corruption were lagging.
Cleary the Pravind Jugnauth regime is struggling to achieve its aim of elevating the current score of 50/100.
It has a rating of 54/180. Very poor indeed.
However, recent events surrounding the Alvaro Sobrino affair, the Platinum Card issue and drug issues are damning.
The salvaging point could well be the ongoing Drug Inquiry.
But don’t you think this too has taken a back seat lately. No one knows why.
Mauritius is frequently lauded as sub-Saharan Africa’s shining example of democracy, good governance and economic success.
Not many people will agree with that right now.
The young Jugnauth regime seems to be a little overtaken by mistakes, inexperience and a need to be more professional in its endeavours.
In the last 15 years, successive Mauritian governments have placed a real emphasis on anti-corruption measures and achieved some notable results.
The passing of a series of laws and the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 2002 has helped.
But they are all hogwash if enforcement and a real political will do not exist within the government.
It is lack of experiment within the Cabinet and the government that could be the reason behind this state of affairs.
The Jugnauth regime blasted on all fronts for its weaknesses, need to re-look into this aspect of things.
But the support of Sir Aneerood Jugnauth to the sitting President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim does not help the regime at all.
The reason is simple: You do not fight corruption by allowing suspicious corrupt activities to be pushed under the carpet.
This is not how you clean your act!
While we are not saying the rating will definitely fall, we want to see actions taken to keep it up.