Principal director of the National Integrity Action, NIA, Danielle Archer, is maintaining that parliamentarians being investigated by the Integrity Commission, IC, for illicit enrichment should be named.

She was speaking on Nationwide This Morning on Wednesday.

Daina Davy reports.


Miss Archer’s reaction follows the Integrity Commission’s annual report that was tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

It indicates that two parliamentarians for the reporting period 2023 to 2024, have been referred to the director of information and complaints for allegations of illicit enrichment.

This two is in addition to the six parliamentarians mentioned in the commission’s annual report for 2023, who were under a similar probe.

The current report does not provide an update on the status of the six illicit enrichment probes from 2023.

The NIA’s principal director maintains that the anti-corruption body should know the identity of all parliamentarians under investigation for illicit enrichment.

According to Miss Archer, politicians shouldn’t be treated differently from regular citizens with respect to the disclosure of their identities.

She says in the interest of transparency, parliamentarians and other public officials being probed for illicit enrichment should tell their constituents that they’re the subject of an illicit enrichment probe.

Meanwhile, executive director of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal, JAMP, Jeanette Calder, is maintaining that parliamentarians who’re under investigation for illicit enrichment should not sit on any committee which deals with public funds.

Jeanette Calder, executive director of JAMP.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the airing of this story, the Integrity Commission issued a release clarifying that the total number of parliamentarians under investigation in relation to illicit enrichment referrals is eight. This includes the six previously reported in the commission’s 2022-23 annual report.

It made no reference to the previous six in the report which was tabled in parliament on Tuesday.