'Gov't ignoring good governance'

Published: Wednesday | December 4, 2013 Comments 0
Greg Christie
Greg Christie

Former contractor general, Greg Christie, has accused the Government of unapologetically disregarding the principles of good governance following the release of the latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

In the latest annual Global Corruption Perception Index, Jamaica is ranked 83rd out of the 177 countries, the same position it received last year.

In a series of Twitter posts this morning, Christie said Jamaica's flat performance should not come as a surprise to anyone.

A country's score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption on a scale of zero to 100, where zero means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean.

While Jamaica is ranked 83rd out of 177 countries, its corruption perception is at 38 out of 100, which means it is very corrupt.

According to Christie, the Government, headed by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, has routinely undermined the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), Jamaica's leading anti-corruption body.

He said this is despite Simpson Miller's pledge to strengthen the OCG and to be vigilant in eliminating corruption in the country.

The former contractor general said for the past 12 years, Jamaica has averaged an abysmal corruption perception score of 35 out of 100 and has never scored higher than 40 out of 100 in any year.

Even with that poor perfor-mance, he said no high-profile public official has been convicted of corruption in Jamaica since 1990 when ex-minister J.A.G. Smith went to prison for fraud.

Christie said recent events in Jamaica have also betrayed what he calls the Government's disregard for best practices, pointing to the reinstatement of Richard Azan as a junior minister despite his admission of flouting procurement procedures and the refusal of May Pen Mayor Scean Barnswell to resign from office despite criminal charges being brought against him.

 

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