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After Chikungunya - Hold the Government/MPs Accountable

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I am deeply concerned that, months after the departure of the chikungunya virus, the public still cannot get a detailed report of what each MP did with the money they were allocated to fight the outbreak.

Such a report should detail the contracts given and the areas that were cleaned. Much hype was created when the monies were being allocated to the members of parliament and now, months after, nothing can be heard by way of accountability. This type of checks and balances is necessary in order to have transparency. After all, they are spending public funds so the public has a right to know.

I was somewhat pleased with the format taken in disbursing these funds, where the MPs were required to provide a scope of work for the work intended and the projects were to be directed through the National Works Agency. A very good move indeed, but I would have taken it one step further and asked that these scopes of work be made public from the onset, so that persons living in the areas earmarked for rehabilitation are able to attest to the work carried out, hence the success or failure of the project.

Now that they are all reporting that work was done, how do we, the public, judge what our tax dollars were actually spent to do. Hopefully, they were not just siphoned off and used for matters unrelated to the ones intended.

Let us all apply pressure to the powers that be until these reports are made public for everyone to judge. It's time to hold our politicians accountable for our hard-earned tax dollars.

Now it's chik-V, what will it be next?