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National Integrity Action against Symbiote mobile licence

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 9:37 PM
National Integrity Action Director Professor Trevor Munroe says his group disagrees with the decision to grant the licence to Symbiote.

Anti-corruption lobby group, National Integrity Action (NIA), says the government is making a wrong decision to go ahead and issue a licence to Symbiote Investments Limited to operate a mobile network here.

Speaking in Parliament earlier this month, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, said the Cabinet decided to grant the licence after careful consideration and consultation with the attorney general.

This is despite the objection of Contractor General Dirk Harrison.

The contractor general had advised the government not to grant the licence to Symbiote, stating there were adverse findings relating to a George Neil who was associated with the company.

However, NIA Director, Professor Trevor Munroe, says his group disagrees with the decision to grant the licence to Symbiote.

Professor Munroe argues that given that key oversight bodies had raised concerns about the deal this should serve as sufficient cause to put the break on the deal.

He contends that rejecting the findings from such agencies would serve to undermine the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance.

Professor Munroe is calling for Prime Minister Holness to make full disclosure on the Symbiote deal.