PNC/APNU to face pri­vate crim­i­nal charges for breach­ing Integrity Act

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -


Par­lia­men­tar­ian, Bishop Juan Edghill is mov­ing to file pri­vate crim­i­nal charges against PNC and APNU Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment who have not filed dec­la­ra­tion to the Integrity Com­mis­sion as re­quired to un­der Guyana’s laws.

Ac­cord­ing to Op­po­si­tion Leader, Bhar­rat Jagdeo, the in­ten­tion is to put them before the courts for breach­ing the pro­vi­sions of the Integrity Com­mis­sion Act.

Edghill has writ­ten to the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency, Abeena Moore, dated June 21, 2017, re­quests the names of the delin­quent PNCR Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, of the 8th and 9th Par­lia­ment, who failed to sub­mit dec­la­ra­tion for the years 2001-2006 and 2006-2011.

The same is re­quested for APNU Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who served in the 10th Par­lia­ment for the years 2011-2015.

The let­ter was sub­mit­ted by Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Par­lia­men­tar­ian, J uan Edghill, whose re­quest is made un­der pro­vi­sions of the Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion Act of 2011.

The let­ter states that, “The above re­quested in­for­ma­tion is in­tended to be used in the pur­suit of pri­vate crim­i­nal charges against the identified del i nquents i n ac­cor­dance with sec­tion 22 of the Integrity Com­mis­sion Act 1997.”

Mean­while, at a prior news con­fer­ence, Op­po­si­tion Leader, Dr Bhar­rat Jagdeo, noted that Integrity Com­mis­sion has al­ready been dis­banded, with the staff sent home and the of­fice ear­marked for other uses.

Con­cerns about t he years of doc­u­men­ta­tion – specif­i­cally the dec­la­ra­tions of­fi­cials in pub­lic life are sup­posed to make to the Com­mis­sion by law – were re­it­er­ated by Jagdeo. “They took and have all the documents that should be with the con­sti­tu­tional body,” he said.

Un­der the law, passed in 2000, cer­tain cat­e­gories of pub­lic of­fi­cials are re­quired to de­clare their as­sets to the Integrity Com­mis­sion or face crim­i­nal charges for not do­ing so.

Jagdeo also pointed to t he fact t hat i t was t he Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party/ Civic ( PPP/ C) that made a move to in the Na­tional As­sem­bly ad­dress the is­sue of greater ac­count­abil­ity for per­sons in pub­lic life, via a mo­tion. The mo­tion by the PPP/ C to have all MPs make t heir t ax re­turns, as well as their as­set dec­la­ra­tions, pub­lic was re­jected by the Gov­ern­ment-ma­jor­ity vote.

Ad­di­tion­ally, changes to the Integrity Com­mis­sion Act have been pro­posed by t he Coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

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