Letters to the Editor

Let's hear from the PM and Integrity Commission

Tuesday, July 24, 2012    

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

On August 31, 2010, the People's National Party unveiled its five-member Integrity Commission, which is a self-policing mechanism. They vocalised that all of its parliamentary and prospective members would be assessed and a determination would be made if they are fit and proper to represent the party.

Based on the allegation laid against the PNP's deputy mayor of Montego Bay Michael Troupe and Councillor Sylvan Reid about involvement in the lottery scam it appears that the said Integrity Commission was asleep at the wheels. I would like to know if this integrity commission is still in operation, and if so, is it being funded by the PNP to pursue corruption within the party? Does it have teeth to bite or is it just capable of baring its gums?

The lottery scam task force disclosed that Troupe and Reid are major players in the international lottery scam. If the Integrity Commission was vigil and competent, it would have detected that these individuals were not fit and proper to serve the PNP and especially the great people of Jamaica.

The governing PNP must arm their Integrity Commission with fangs to go after corrupt members within their party and weed out those who are implicated in corrupt practices. They should also require the alleged corrupt members to give up their sources and cronies. The commission should perform its due diligence and it must be robust, impartial and act without fear or favour.

Thus I am calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, the independent members of the commission - Bishop Wellesley Blair, Daisy Coke, Cedric McCulloch, Frederick Hamaty and Burchell Whiteman - to be the gatekeepers for the people of Jamaica. They must stress that the bar for holding public office must be set to the highest standard of probity and integrity.

Patrick Callum






1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus


Do you support the Government's proposed spending of $200 million for Jamaica 55 celebrations?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon