“People assume we are comatose”, that’s the cry of the Integrity Commission as it urges its parliamentary oversight committee to review the legislation giving it the power to comment publicly on matters it’s probing.
The Integrity Commission Executive Director Greg Christie made the disclosure during a meeting on the oversight committee reviewing several recommendations of the organization.
The Integrity Commission maintains that the clause which forbids it from commenting publicly on probes it’s involved with is hindering its operations.
Mr. Christie says eight of some 21 investigations he’s analyzed, were based on allegations made by parliamentarians.
He says the retired judges on the Commission should be allowed to determine what matters can be commented on publicly.
Greg Christie, Executive Director of the Integrity Commission.
But in a sharp rebuke, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck Mr. Christie says Mr. Christie was not following the legislation faithfully.
He’s adamant that the Integrity Commission is empowered by the legislation to comment publicly on its probes once it reports them to parliament.
Delroy Chuck, Justice Minister.
The Integrity Commission Executive Director revealed that the organization has never reported on any of its investigations to parliament.
The Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte notes that during deliberations on the legislation, parliament had considered the harm that could come to those under investigation.
She says a compromise was made to allow the Integrity Commission to comment publicly on its investigations after reporting to parliament.
Marlene Malahoo Forte, Attorney General.
And Opposition Spokesman on Finance Julian Robinson says the commission should be allowed to say publicly when it’s started an investigation and the timeline for completion.
Julian Robinson, Opposition Spokesman on Finance.