Fri | Nov 27, 2020

Christie adds voice to criticism of controversial corruption clause

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 10:59 AM

Former Contractor General Greg Christie has spoken out against the inclusion of the provision in the Integrity Commission Bill that will bar certain government contracts from being subjected to independent investigation.

In a series of posts on his official Twitter account, Christie argued that the Bill is already weak in that it does not reflect best practices in anti-corruption and anti-bribery.

He said despite this and other shortcomings, the bill, regrettably, received the general support of both Government and Opposition lawmakers.

The former contractor general contends that this, by itself, stands as an indictment on leaders who have championed the anti-corruption cause in word, but not in deed.

According to Christie, despite its many positives, Jamaica continues to attract negative global publicity for its high crime and perceived corruption problems.

He says this and the latest controversy over the Integrity Bill cannot augur well for Jamaica nor make the country desirable to foreign investors.

He further says failing decisive and corrective leadership on corruption, Jamaica will continue to obstruct its own growth and economic development prospects.