PSOJ Urges Political Directorate To Address Deficit In Anti-corruption Fight


The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, PSOJ, says it’s urging the leaders of what it describes as the political directorate to immediately address deficiencies in the anti-corruption fight.

In a statement today, the PSOJ says its calling on the leaders to individually make clear their position on corruption.

The PSOJ says it’s deeply concerned about what appears to be the continuing neglect of principles of good governance.

The private sector group says it also notes an attempted redefinition of the standards required to maintain the moral authority of the state.

According to the PSOJ, its concern is driven by a recent escalation of the arrogant blame game practiced by both major political parties about which administration has been most corrupt.

The private sector group says such behavior runs the risk of firmly establishing corrupt behavior as a characteristic of political life.

The PSOJ is also calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to give more details about why he fired Ruel Reid from his Cabinet on March 20.

Then, Prime Minister Holness said he separated Reid from the job to ensure that any investigation into issues of concern will not in any way be impeded by his presence or oversight of the Ministry.

Reid is currently the subject of a criminal investigation in relation to alleged corruption at the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU.

Last week, the DPP’s office recommended that investigators do more work on the probe and cautioned against public comments which may prejudice the investigation.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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