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Greg Christie: PM 'failing' to keep anti-corruption promises

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 7:15 PM

Former Contractor General, Greg Christie, is accusing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller of failing to keep her promises to strengthen Jamaica’s anti-corruption institutions.

He made the claim today on the social media site Twitter, in reaction to the Opposition’s concerns about a legislation aimed at modernising the process used to award and monitor government contracts.

Parliamentarian Audley Shaw argued that, among other things, the bill does not have a clear definition of corruption which could weaken the legislation and introduce inefficiencies.

He said that problem could have been fixed if the government did not reject more than 70 per cent of the recommendations put forward by the Office of the Contractor General.

Christie is commending Shaw for demanding stronger procurement law for Jamaica.

He says the Prime Minister is not keeping her promises made in the lead up to the 2011 General Elections to strengthen Jamaica's anti-corruption framework if returned to office. 

On the campaign trail in 2011, Simpson Miller repeated that any government she formed would take big steps to support Jamaica's anti-corruption institutions and introduce measures to address rampant corruption in the public sector.

In her inauguration address, days after winning the elections, Simpson Miller pledged that her administration would reject governmental extravagance and be vigilant in eliminating corruption.