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Holness says Gov't aware of political price for corruption

Monday, October 14, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his administration understands that there is a political price to be paid for corruption.

“People will want to make corruption a political issue, and I can't say there is anything wrong with that: Making it a part of the political conversation is important to make it plain to all political actors, that if you tolerate corruption, if you allow corruption, then there is a political price to be paid,” he told yesterday's Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area One Council meeting in Kingston.

The prime minister was speaking on the backdrop of the arrest and charges brought against former Minister of Education Ruel Reid, his wife and daughter, as well as the president of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock, and JLP Councillor for Brown's Town, St Ann, Kim Brown Lawrence on corruption charges relating to their relationship with the university.

“This Government understands that and so, when we sit together as a Cabinet, when we sit together as a party, we have to look into ourselves and reflect on what it is that we need to do, and the first thing is that the Government must never interfere in the independent processes to investigate and prosecute corruption,” he said.

He said that the fact that supporters were saying that the Opposition seems to know more about what is happening in the case involving Reid than the Government, was proof of the argument that the Government will not interfere in the process.

“(We) will not try to, in any way, to sweep under the carpet, and we will not try to, in any way, influence the process,” he added.

Balford Henry


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