Prime Minister Andrew Holness is making it clear to the country that he has no hand in the appointment of the Executive Director of the Integrity Commission.
Mr. Holness is responding to concerns raised by the Opposition People’s National Party regarding the interim appointment of Colonel Daniel Pryce to the post.
In a statement yesterday the PNP called on the government to immediately appoint Colonel Pryce and not place him in an interim capacity. It suggested this could impact the independence of the Commission.
However, Prime Minister Holness says the Commission is fully insulated from the government.
He says the suggestion that the government could influence the Commission is erroneous.
Responding, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, says while it isn’t the Prime Minister’s primary responsibility he should still be concerned about a string of interim appointments that have been made at the Commission. He feels the temporary postings are unhealthy for the commissions’ organizational structure.
In his statement yesterday, Dr. Phillips accused Prime Minister Holness of making a habit of the practice of interim and acting appointments.
However, he walked back that accusation this afternoon. He’s now calling on the Prime Minister to inquire about the reason for the temporary nature of the postings at the Commission.
Prime Minister Holness is urging the House give the Commission time to settle in structure due to its infancy.