Govt Opens Debate on Independent MOCA Bill

National Security Minister, Robert Montague, yesterday opened the debate in the House of Representatives on the Bill which seeks to make the Major Organized Crime and Anti Corruption Agency, MOCA, an independent statutory organization.

Minister Montague noted that the bill seeks to establish MOCA as an elite law-enforcement investigative agency which operates independently of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Former Shadow Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, welcomed the start of the debate. He noted that the bill will establish MOCA as Jamaica’s equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations in the United States.

Mr. Bunting stressed that MOCA should be free of political interference. He says MOCA should find criminal kingpins and their facilitators wherever they are.

The Bill was tabled in parliament earlier this year by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during his contribution to the budget debate.

MOCA was established in June 2012 originally as the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, primarily to deal with lottery scamming.

It was later joined in August 2014 with the Anti-Corruption Branch ACB, to form the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency.