We are firm in our position that the oversight panel appointed by the transport and works minister, Omar Davies, to help review and manage three large infrastructure projects to be negotiated with, and completed by, private firms need not conflict with the responsibilities of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).
But while in this case we share a common position with the Government, we are concerned that in its effort to prove the correctness
Insofar as we are aware, the integrity of none of these gentlemen is at issue, and all have won great esteem for their performances in their specific fields. Their combined experience and individual skills should make valuable sounding boards for the minister as he follows through on the projects for the development of the Port of Kingston and the north-south leg of Highway 2000, as well as prove a good resource strategy to be applied by
Their role, from our perspective, is largely to be unpaid advisers to the minister, which should be separate from,
Clear violation of law
Greg Christie, the contractor general, does not agree with this construct. He has argued that not only is the Shirley Committee a wantonly deliberate attempt to circumvent his scrutiny of contracts the Government hopes to enter,
Mr Christie, however,
We agree that the courts are the best place to resolve such legal stand-offs. We, however, have one fundamental disagreement, based on the preliminary information, with the process being adopted by the attorney general. The Government, it appears, wants an injunction to stop Mr Christie from speaking to the press or issuing media releases on the issue until the hearing is complete.
The courts should not comply. Rather, the Government should withdraw this potentially dangerous
The administration, we suspect, is fearful of Mr Christie's usually trenchant prose, although
Not so long ago, the courts,
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