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Does corruption matter in Jamaica?

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:11 AM


The concept of good governance still remains an indicator of development. Good governance entails the proper management of public resources. It also involves accountability and transparency.

One hindrance to good governance is political corruption, which has compromised Jamaica’s independence mandate of achieving socio-economic transformation. Thus, our assessment of any administration must include the discussion of corruption.

The current Andrew Holness administration has been plagued by several scandals, including the de-bushing programme, NESoL, Petrojam, Mombassa grass, CMU, and more.

Cronyism and nepotism have been the order of governance. But, I am extremely disturbed by an emerging thought within the media and other public spaces legitimising corruption in the current administration.


To date, the prime minister has not informed the nation of the reason why Ruel Reid resigned. The nation doesn’t need an explanation, because the JLP has won the next three general elections.

In addition, a teacher told me, “The next general election is about productivity, not morality.” When teachers start to disregard integrity as a virtue, it explains why our students at The University of the West Indies think it is fine to forge documents submitted to the US Embassy or see scamming as a form of reparation for slavery.