Ja needs a bastion of impartiality, unimpeachable credibility

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I am having a growing sense of unease at leadership within National Integrity Action (NIA), an anti-corruption campaigning organisation.

Comments made by NIA boss and anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe seem to be of a whitewashing nature.

At a recent symposium on law, governance and society hosted by The University of the West Indies Faculty of Law in New Kingston, the professor urged the need for investigation into the affairs at Petrojam and Ministry of Tourism appointments.

I agree with the professor on the Petrojam issue; however, his statement falls far short of the impartiality scale and of the standard we come to expect from the professor.

As an anti-corruption campaigner, I fully expect Professor Munroe to call out all appearances of corruption no matter where they lay. But he seems to have fallen short of that bar.

If you would ask any Jamaican about corruption happening within the country at this moment in time, they would overwhelmingly mention the unfolding fiasco at the Manchester Municpal Corporation without hesitation. For the accomplished professor to have not mentioned that seems to indicate one of two options; either Professor Munroe is pursuing an agenda, or he is out of touch with what is happening in the country.

The Jamaican people need the NIA to remain a bastion of impartiality and with unimpeachable credibility. We require an organisation that will highlight and bring to the fore corruption, whether in Government or Opposition.

What we do not need is more agenda pushing or political motivations; we already have two political parties dedicated to that task.

Professor Munroe, we appreciate your service and would like if you continue down the straight and narrow.

Javon Moatt


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