Grenada Anti-Corruption Legislation – At Least They Are Trying…

Integrity In Public Life Bill and The Prevention Of Corruption Bill Tabled In Grenada Parliament

“Every person in public life listed in schedule 1 of the The Integrity in Public Life Bill shall file a declaration to the Commission included information of his spouse and children. A declaration must be filed annually, on or before the 31st of March each year as long as the person remains in Public life. The income, assets, and liabilities of a person acquired, held or incurred by another person or his or her agent acting on his or her behalf must also be declared.”

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Prime Minister Owen Arthur Says Anti-Corruption & Integrity Legislation Not Needed In Barbados – But The Piggies At The Trough Nominations Say He’s Wrong!

Folks, there are only a few weeks left for “Barbados Piggies At The Trough” nominations and there is a cool US$1000 up for grabs for the nominator of the first prize winner.

We’ve been looking over some of the submissions and we have to tell you – Barbados politicians take a back seat to nobody when it comes to feeding at that old piggy trough.

A couple of them are not only feeding – they have climbed right in!

Can’t hardly wait to start the official review of this year’s nominations… but by all indications, next year is going to be something special after the dust settles from the Cricket World Cup.

Meanwhile, here is the article on the Grenada Parliament’s move to define and curtail corrupt behaviour by public officials…

From Grenada Broadcasting Network (link here)…

GRENADA GOVERNMENT MOVES TO CURB CORRUPTION
30th November, 2006

The Government of Grenada says it is making great strides in preventing corruption in Public life. It has demonstrated its commitment by ratifying the Inter America Convention against Corruption. The Convention has as its aim, the promotion and strengthening of the mechanisms to combat corruption in member states and to strengthen co-operation among them.

The Integrity In Public Life Bill and The Prevention Of Corruption Bill have been tabled in the Grenada Parliament. The Bills were patterned after the OECS and CARICOM models. Through these two pieces of legislation Grenada shall comply with the convention. Today in the Caribbean, debates with respect to corruption and integrity in public life are intense. The action of public officials, governmental bodies and citizens are increasingly coming under scrutiny. There are widespread debates about the way that institutions and individuals should behave in public life. Issues relating to conflicts of interest, the limits of servicing the public, honesty, bribery, receipt of gifts, impartiality are all matters which more and more are being looked at.

The Integrity in Public Life Bill and The Prevention of Corruption Bill seek to uphold the principles of right and wrong in the behaviour of public officers and the general public to provide adequate accountability, thus promoting good governance.

These legislations will be beneficial to Grenada in that it will: • have guiding principles for public officials to follow • enhance the security of the nation • spare public officials embarrassment • increase Public confidence in Government and the Public Service as a whole • improve transparency and accountability by public officials • inspire donor agencies to give more to Grenada once they know that funds will be properly utilised and that legislation is in place to address any wrongdoing on the part of public officials act as a deterrent to officers when contemplating wrong doing.

Under the proposed legislation and An Integrity Commission shall be set up to: receive, examine and retain all declarations; make enquiries; receive and investigate complaints; investigate the conduct of public officers; examine the practices and procedures of public bodies; instruct ,advise, and assist heads of public bodies of changes in procedures; carry out education programmes to better understand standards of integrity.

Every person in public life listed in schedule 1 of the The Integrity in Public Life Bill shall file a declaration to the Commission included information of his spouse and children. A declaration must be filed annually, on or before the 31st of March each year as long as the person remains in Public life. The income, assets, and liabilities of a person acquired, held or incurred by another person or his or her agent acting on his or her behalf must also be declared.

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9 responses to “Grenada Anti-Corruption Legislation – At Least They Are Trying…

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  2. De Orginal

    I am in support of any measure which increases Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Barbados.

  3. reality check

    De Original

    entitlement is so engrained into the psyche of the average Barbadian is there any politician in either party that is willing to step up to the plate and introduce some strong Integrity legislation?

    maybe but they would have their head choppped off by the “piggies at the trough” and those piggy wannadees.

    or maybe they could become our new leaders over night???

  4. Golden Claw

    Reality Check,

    .’..or maybe they could become our new leaders over night???’

    No. Nowhere even close to ‘maybe’. Thats real. real. sure.

  5. Tudor

    I cannot see any Bajan Govt bringing intergity legislation; such a sad reflection on what we have become.

  6. De Orginal

    Well I think that all Caribbean leaders should look up to and follow the example of Patrick Manning in his efforts to rid his country of corruption. He have taken it to both sides of the political river and he seems to be serious about it.

    Hopefully one day Barbados will see the need to follow something positive.

  7. De Orginal

    Dear Free Press readers I have posted below a few definitions. They seem quite simple to me why cant we in Barbados have legislation that will match these definitions or bring about the intentions of these definitions.

    Accountability – the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.
    Responsibility to someone or for some activity .

    Integrity- adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

    Transparency – The full, accurate, and timely disclosure of information.

    I cant seee how the above can be a problem we select them, we have the power to deselect them therefore we should insist on it.

  8. De Orginal

    Well I hope Mr. Clyde Mascoll reads the blog and saw my definitions because he is refusing to see the other signs that are evident in the just concluded St lucia elections. I draw to his attention the definition of integrity.

  9. John

    DeO

    No chance, Mr. Mascoll says Barbados is not St. Lucia …. told parliament so.

    Check today’s Nation.