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Beware of civil groups parading as 'knights in shining armour' - Martin Henry

Published:Monday | May 12, 2014 | 2:44 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Public affairs analyst, Martin Henry, is warning Jamaicans to beware of non-governmental organisations which parade themselves as what he calls knights in shining armour, undermining the Constitution.

Henry made the comment as he acknowledged what he says is rising trend of people less tolerant of corruption in the public sector.

His remarks also come less than a week after Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes was found guilty of corruption charges.

However, the analyst says the public has to guard against individuals and organisations that are assuming rights and responsibilities of governance which belong to elected officials.

According to Henry, the public should not encourage this trend because civil society organisations are not accountable to them.

He admits that disillusionment with the governance process has helped to turn off Jamaicans and increase the support for non-governmental organisations.

He says civil groups ought to hold public officials accountable without seeking to undermine their authority and responsibility.


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