Who watches the watchdog?

Thursday, February 06, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

After reading Orville Silvera's letter titled "Non-disclosure agreement protects OUR" I must exclaim I am in total agreement with his reasoning. I have often wondered about these so-called organisations that claim to be the watchdogs of the Government and other elements of society to ensure that they remain on the straight and narrow.

The fundamental question is who watches the watchdogs? Every so often they demand complete disclosure about financing of campaigns and the disclosure of details of various contracts and often if these request are granted they would see to a breach of many of these contracts and/or the outright breaking of the law in the name of ensuring integrity for the common good of the people. But is it worth it?

What checks and balances are in place to ensure that organisations such as the National Integrity Commission do not get corrupt themselves? Who ensures that they remain above board while driven so forcefully by the passion of wanting to see that everybody else does the right thing?

It is said let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. Why not start by setting the first example. I am calling on Professor Trevor Monroe and the National Integrity Commission to make a full disclosure on how the organisation is financed, and furthermore how the funds garnered are spent.

If at all the citizens of this country are going to take their work seriously they have to come with an open book.

In the final analysis, let us not just talk because we think we know the right thing to say or we think that is what people want to hear. Let us, instead, be the examples of that which we want everyone else to be. Be the light that guides the ship in the darkest night.

Gary Rowe







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