DOE no­ti­ces re­luct­an­ce to tac­kle cor­rup­ti­on

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The govern­ment does not ha­ve to count on the par­ty for De­mo­cra­cy in Uni­ty (DOE) to ap­pro­ve the bud­gets for 2017 if it does not tac­kle cor­rup­ti­on fast. The chair­man of DOE, Carl Bree­veld, ma­de this much clear and ad­ded that the re­port re­gar­ding the funds that we­re used to fi­nan­ce pre­pa­ra­ti­ons for Ca­ri­fes­ta 2012 and the debt of $17 mil­li­on which has brought Air­port Ma­na­ge­ment to the brink of col­lap­se ha­ve rai­sed ma­ny ques­ti­ons. “Pe­o­p­le ha­ve of­ten told me in par­li­a­ment to pre­sent proof when I dis­cuss al­le­ged ca­ses of cor­rup­ti­on. It see­ms li­ke the world is ups­i­de down. When the­re are al­le­ged ca­ses of cor­rup­ti­on not I but the govern­ment must ta­ke ac­ti­on. The CLAD re­ports do not lie and con­firm fi­nan­ci­al mis­ma­na­ge­ment in ma­ny are­as,” said MP Bree­veld (DOE) du­ring the ge­ne­ral po­li­ti­cal dis­cus­si­ons. The DOE chair­man re­grets the fact that the An­ti Cor­rup­ti­on bill still has not been pla­ced on par­li­a­ment’s agen­da even though the scan­dals keep pi­ling up. MP Bree­veld re­fer­red to the school book pro­ject, pos­si­ble fi­nan­ci­al ir­re­gu­la­ri­ties at the Mi­ni­stry of Sports and Youth Af­fairs, the pur­cha­se of an em­bas­sy buil­ding abroad and ob­scu­ri­ties sur­roun­ding the fi­nan­ci­al po­li­cy at the Ener­gy Com­pa­ny Su­ri­na­me (EBS). “As long as no clear me­a­su­res against pe­o­p­le and groups who are guil­ty of do­ing things that can’t ba­re the light of day, the Su­ri­na­me­se pe­o­p­le will keep ma­king the sa­me mista­kes and re­war­ding that which is wrong or what is go­ing wrong by not lif­ting a fin­ger.” MP Bree­veld sent a strong mes­sa­ge to the govern­ment which re­cent­ly took big loans but which he claims has a weak an­ti-cor­rup­ti­on po­li­cy. He ex­plai­ned that he does not be­lie­ve that the mo­ney from the loans will be spent cor­rect­ly if the govern­ment does not ta­ke se­rious ac­ti­on against cor­rup­ti­on. USA - Fe­deral gun back­ground checks in­crea­sed year-overyear for the 18th con­se­cu­ti­ve month in Oc­to­ber amid se­ve­r­al high-pro­fi­le at­tacks and Do­nald Trump’s re­pe­a­ted warnings that Hil­la­ry Clin­ton wants to abo­lish the Se­cond Amend­ment. The Na­ti­o­nal In­stant Cri­mi­nal Back­ground Check Sy­s­tem ran about 2.3 mil­li­on checks in Oc­to­ber, up 18 per­cent com­pa­red to Oc­to­ber 2015. Gun trans­ac­ti­ons con­ti­nue to break re­cords un­der Pre­si­dent Oba­ma, who ana­lysts said spur­red fears of fu­tu­re re­stric­ti­ons on which fire­arms gun ow­ners could buy. The in­crea­ses in re­cent months al­so could be due to the pre­si­den­ti­al de­ba­tes, in which Mr. Trump, the Re­pu­bli­can no­mi­nee, has war­ned that gun rights are at sta­ke in the elec­ti­on. The­re was a si­mi­lar sur­ge of NICS checks in Oc­to­ber 2008 and Oc­to­ber 2012 — the last two pre­si­den­ti­al elec­ti­ons. The fe­deral da­ta do not re­pre­sent a one-to-one cor­re­la­ti­on in gun sa­les but are used as a ge­ne­ral ap­proxi­ma­ti­on of the mar­ket. Erich Pratt, exe­cu­ti­ve di­rec­tor of Gun Ow­ners of Ame­ri­ca, said fear of a Clin­ton pre­si­d­en­cy cou­pled with ter­ro­rist at­tacks ha­ve spur­red pe­o­p­le to arm them­sel­ves and ob­tain per­mits to car­ry con­ce­a­led we­apons. “Pe­o­p­le are very fear­ful of what a Clin­ton pre­si­d­en­cy would do to their Se­cond Amend­ment rights,” Mr. Pratt said. “Oba­ma had the sen­se to mu­te his sup­port for gun con­trol du­ring both cam­paigns. But not Hil­la­ry.” In­deed, Mrs.

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