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INDECOM, OCG have my support - Chuck

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In his column in Sunday's Gleaner, Hylton Dennis wrote of the minister of justice railing against INDECOM and the former Office of the Contractor General.

As he did not refer to a former minister of justice, he is obviously referring to me. If, indeed, he is, he is either grossly mistaken or deliberately being mischievous. If he is unable to show one instance to support his claim, he owes me an apology.

There are few persons more supportive of INDECOM than me and have always argued for its role to be strengthened. I may disagree with some of its decisions but have always supported its oversight role of the security forces.

The conjoining of the Office of the Contractor General with other corruption agencies was a policy decision of the last administration and almost universally supported by civil society. Inside the Integrity Commission, with its corruption prosecution arm, the functions of the contractor general will become much more effective, but without the plethora of media releases and premature speculation about corrupt practices which later prove to be baseless.

DELROY CHUCK

Minister of Justice