Some work­ers to be dis­placed with merger of anti-cor­rup­tion bod­ies

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

WITH THE planned amal­ga­ma­tion of the Of­fice of the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral, the Cor­rup­tion Pre­ven­tion Com­mis­sion and the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion into a sin­gle an­ti­cor­rup­tion body, some work­ers in the three en­ti­ties could be dis­placed.

How­ever, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Del­roy Chuck told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day that some work­ers who may be af­fected when the merger takes place would be re­de­ployed to the courts or other agen­cies of Gov­ern­ment.

Chuck yes­ter­day opened de­bate on the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion Act, which will es­tab­lish a sin­gle anti-cor­rup­tion body in Ja­maica.

Some op­po­si­tion mem­bers wanted to know what would be the fate of the cur­rent con­trac­tor gen­eral, Dirk Har­ri­son, who has a seven-year con­tract and has com­pleted less than three years to date.

The leg­is­la­tion will re­peal pro­vi­sions that es­tab­lish the post of con­trac­tor gen­eral in the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral Act and, there­fore, abol­ish the post.

The jus­tice min­is­ter in­di­cated that he would re­spond to that is­sue when he closes the de­bate on the bill.

Chuck told his col­leagues that the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion would be es­tab­lished as a com­mis­sion of Par­lia­ment.

It will have the spe­cific man­date to re­ceive com­plaints re­lat­ing to al­leged acts of cor­rup­tion and to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of these cases.

De­bate on the bill has been sus­pended but will con­tinue in fu­ture sit­tings.

CHUCK

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