Jamaica Trending Towards Systemic Corruption – Mitchell


Chairman of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal, Howard Mitchell says the entity has noticed some 47 breaches in the government system which indicates a trend towards systemic corruption.

He was reacting to news that Jamaica has again slipped on the Global Corruption Perception index.

The country fell four places and is now ranked 74th of the 180 countries on the global anti-corruption ranking.

Jamaica’s 2019 CPI score also slipped from 44 in 2018 to 43.

Mr. Mitchell says Jamaica’s trend towards a culture of corruption must be addressed as it is the forerunner to becoming a failed State.

He says there needs to be more sanctions outside the court, to prevent corrupt practices.

Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal.

In the meantime,  Executive Director, National Integrity Action, NIA, Professor Trevor Munroe, says he’s not convinced that Jamaicans are indifferent about corruption in government.

He was reacting to a Nationwide Bluedot poll which found that 64-per cent of respondents believe the Andrew Holness administration is corrupt.

But, the poll also found that 51-per cent of respondents said they wouldn’t allow how the government has handled corruption to influence their likelihood to vote for them.

Professor Trevor Munroe, Executive Director, National Integrity Action.

They were speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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