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Grave irregularities, grave concerns, grave consequences

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The auditor general's report confirming grave irregularities in police vehicle maintenance are grave in more ways than one. It's becoming a very large graveyard in this country where grave issues of accountability are buried silently and shortly after laid to rest, but not before noise making, and features synonymous to nine-night expressions are observed.

How could irregularities of such magnitude occur under the Jamaica Constabulary Force's (JCF) nose, and for so long? The report detailed that $400 million was paid out for repair work done at private garages over an 18-month period. It is further disturbing that these garages remain nameless and cannot be located.

It is certainly ironic that the culture of silence that pervades society - and of which the police lament as one of the greatest militating factors against solving crime - is also prevailing inside the JCF. How can the same voice that calls for this culture of silence to be broken be guilty of extending it?


Accountability is in crisis, and so, too, is the issue of moral authority. Who will ultimately pay the price for such irregularities? What measures will be employed to ensure such practices never recur?

While the concerns continue to grow, so, too, will be the consequences. Every living Jamaican will undoubtedly pay.

With the growing graveyards of unresolved corruption cases in the last decade, we are, in fact, losing out on more than we are gaining. Vision 2030 is increasingly becoming an elusive reality.