A reader pointed out that under St. Lucia’s Integrity Legislation, Barbados Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke would not be able to shield himself behind the fact that the home where he lives has been put into the name of his “special friend” – who is in reality his defacto wife.
For more information on the Barbados Government’s silence on the Gline Clarke Conflict of Interest Scandal, check out our HOT ISSUES section. (Link Here).
Thanks to our reader Biscoe for directing our attention to St. Lucia’s Integrity Legislation, which at least defines corrupt behaviour by Public Officials.
In Barbados, despite twelve years of power, the Government of Prime Minister Owen Arthur has refused to implement Integrity Legislation. Without even a basic legal definition of corruption, elected officials in Barbados can do pretty much what they like without fear of being held accountable in law.
…. but, of course, Prime Minister Owen Arthur already knows that.
Definition of Awkward – “Prime Minister Owen Arthur Trying to Implement Integrity Legislation”
St. Lucia’s Definition of Corruption…
The Integrity in Public Life Act, No. 6 of 2004, also has several new provisions, one of them being the inclusion of behaviour defined as “corruption”. This legislation was enacted by this Government in 2004. Let us look at some examples of corrupt behaviour.
A person in public life commits an act of corruption if:
(a) He or she solicits or accepts, whether directly or indirectly, any article or money or other benefit, being a gift, favour, promise or advantage for himself or herself or another person for doing any act or omitting to do any act in the performance of his or her official functions or causing any other person to do so or omit to do anything;
(b) He or she in the performance of his or her public functions does any act or omits to do any act for the purpose of obtaining any illicit benefit for himself or herself or any other person;
(c) He or she fraudulently uses or conceals any property or other benefit derived from any such act or omission to act under paragraph (a) or (b);
(d) He or she offers or grants, directly or indirectly, to a public servant any article, money or other benefit being a gift, favour, promise or advantage to the public servant or another person, for doing any act or omitting to do any act in the performance of the public servant’s public functions;
Read More about St. Lucia’s Integrity Legislation (Link Here)