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Hurry up and battle corruption

Published:Friday | February 15, 2019 | 12:11 AM


I saw an article in the Friday Gleaner of February 8, 2019, titled ‘A deficit of anti-corruption law’ in which the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, revealed some damning facts about a certain law in the Constitution. She suggested that there was nothing in the law books to prosecute someone guilty of nepotism. This is certainly a catalyst for further corruption in our wayward society.

She disclosed that that was why Ms Shernet Haughton, former mayor of Lucea, got away scot-free from the alleged nepotism and cronyism she was found to be practising. Laws like these have to be fixed with some level of alacrity in order for public servants to realise the importance of adhering to the laws that govern the land.

The Professor emeritus Dr Trevor Munroe-led National Integrity Action (NIA) is doing a fine job of stemming the growing disregard for law and order in our society. The only thing it needs is to be more visible for the better good of those in the public who shun corrupt practices.

NIA is most times visible when there is a Corruption Index reading, and this is not enough to stimulate better personal responsibility in acts of corruption.

Pamela Monroe Ellis’ Auditor General’s Office has been a very vocal anti-corruption agency that is feared everywhere because she is a no-nonsense person and has the interest of those who seek a clean and honourable society.

Inter-generational poverty has to do with how predecessors operated in real time. It will have a negative effect on generations. If we do the wrong things, which are corrupt and wrong, our children’s children will suffer for it. Situational poverty comes as a consequence of our corrupt practices as well. One might be wondering how it is that they are unable to make strides in life. It might not only be a generational curse that is hindering your upward mobility.


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