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JAMAICA | Integrity Chairman Resigns; Opposition wants Parliamentary oversight of Integrity Commission

Featured Former Chairman of the Integrity Commission Justice Karl Harrison (left) who resigmed for person al reasons and former Contractor General Dirk E. Harrison (right) who retired from the Integrity Commission. Former Chairman of the Integrity Commission Justice Karl Harrison (left) who resigmed for person al reasons and former Contractor General Dirk E. Harrison (right) who retired from the Integrity Commission.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 2, 2019: Consequent upon the resignation of chairman of the agency Justice Karl Harrison, leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, is reiterating his call for the immediate establishment of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee of the Integrity Commission as mandated by the Integrity Commission Act.

Dr Phillips said a Joint Select Committee should review the Act governing the agency at the earliest date and insisted that this is an appropriate time for a review of the Act to be undertaken given recent developments at the agency.

The Opposition Leader said the resignation of the former Contractor General Mr. Dirk Harrison a week ago, and the resignation of chairman of the agency Justice Karl Harrison, highlight the crisis surrounding the body and has plunged the corruption investigation apparatus of the state into uncertainty. This, he said, signals that there needs to be an urgent review of the operations.

In May this year, the Opposition Leader moved a Motion in Parliament, calling for the strengthening of measures for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption.

The Motion spoke to the importance of the work and functions of the Commission and that public confidence in the Commission and the Commissioners are indispensable for the effective attainment of the objective of the Act, which is critical in the fight against corruption in public life.

The current uncertainty surrounding the Integrity Commission in the face of public concerns about the cancer of corruption plaguing this government, must be urgently addressed, Dr Phillips said.

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