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Bruce breaks silence on PSC

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2007 | 6:26 PM

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has broken his silence on the controversy surrounding the Public Service Commission (PSC).

In a release this afternoon the Prime Minister said he advised the Governor General to terminate the appointment of the PSC members after consultation with the Opposition Leader.

Mr. Golding said this became necessary because of the persistent misconduct and unlawful behaviour of the Commission in carrying out its functions.

He said the Commission’s blatant disregard for procedural fairness and natural justice, was the subject of scathing comments by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

Mr. Golding said based on this, it would have been the honourable thing for members of the Commission to tender their resignations en bloc.

But instead, he said the Commission spitefully persisted by plotting to circumvent and frustrate the decision of the Court.

In July 2007 Supreme Court Judge, Roy Jones said the PSC displayed a cavalier attitude to justice and due process. He also said the PSC breached the rights of acting deputy Solicitor General Lackston Robinson in dismissing him.

Mr. Robinson had taken the PSC to court after he was reverted to his substantive post of Senior Assistant Attorney General. But he argued that instead he should have been assessed for the post of deputy solicitor general, as there was a clear vacancy. In it’s ruling the Supreme Court upheld the submission and ruled that Mr. Robinson should be reinstated.

Mr. Golding said there have been instances in which the Commission made decisions regarding individuals who are related to one or more of its members. In those cases the PSC members did not excuse themselves or declare interest. As a result Mr. Golding said he has now lost confidence in the members of the PSC.