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Conflict of interest with CHASE, JCA

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Recently I saw in the media the opening of a new gym facility with state-of-the-art equipment at Sabina Park. My first reaction was to applaud the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president for his efforts in obtaining the requisite funding required to pull off an initiative such as this. But then I learnt that the source of funding was the Government of Jamaica, through a state entity of which the JCA president is also the CEO.

I became troubled, as this could be construed as an action undertaken to advance the JCA presidential agenda of the CEO.

My attention was also drawn to another instance where the JCA president used his office as CEO of the CHASE FUND to donate more than J$20,000,000 of public funds to the different cricket associations which represent the electorate of the JCA.

Even if this is not illegal, one must question whether the board of the CHASE Fund or its parent ministry, the Office of the Prime Minister, was aware of this expenditure. Is it ethical?

I truly hope that the matter of how public funds are utilised is addressed by the current Government.