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NIA not even-handed in corruption fight

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Cited in the July 24, 2017 edition of The Gleaner titled 'Get it out', National Integrity Action (NIA) Executive Director, Professor Trevor Munroe, spoke stridently about real or perceived flaws in the current anti-corruption bill that could prevent transparency after it was tabled in Parliament recently.

On the back of that zealousness for transparency in governance, and the fight against corruption in Jamaica, I am puzzled as to the goodly professor's dumbness and the NIA's absence from the discourse on the current People's National Party (PNP) debacle to replace Portia Simpson Miller as MP in the South West St Andrew seat.

I have only a few questions for the anti-corruption czar. I'd like them to be answered publicly so that we can all understand when, and how, the NIA speaks out or deals with apparent issues of corruption, or that which even looks like it in the country.

First, isn't it corruption to allow a person to enter a political competition or contest after the publicised closing date for entrance has passed?

Second, is it not corruption to try to influence voters in any way, such as anointing a person you think is best for the voters, even though that person was never a candidate?

Third, why your silence on issues affecting the PNP in the past, and currently, even when their own members come out questioning certain decisions made or calling the acts corrupt?

Fourth, is it that the NIA has an agenda to see or shout out corruption only when it seems to affect the JLP?

Last, if you or the NIA don't display balance when addressing the very appearance of corruption in both political parties alike, how do you think the citizens will view the NIA?

JOSEPH EDWARDS