“…Of course that was a transparent ploy to frustrate my application”
Lessons for Barbados FOI
Afra Raymond’s Freedom of Information requests for the January 13, 2009 “Duprey” letter and the December 31, 2008 accounts for the CL Financial Group are being ignored by the Trinidad and Tobago government. The Duprey letter shows that CL Financial somehow misplaced almost $80 billion dollars in two months. Oh, well… what’s a few lost pennies to the taxpayers’ pockets?
Current Minister of Finance, Winston Dookeran, won’t even acknowledge Afra’s three FOI applications despite several reminders and requests. (Two requests under Dookeran and one under his predecessor, Karen Nunez-Tesheira.)
Under the T&T FOI laws, Dookeran is required to respond in 30 days, but guess what? There’s no penalty provision in the FOI law for failing to respond so the elected official is telling a voter doan humbug me because he can.
There is the lesson for Barbados. If we ever get our promised Freedom of Information law, it’s not worth a damn unless the provisions are there to hold officials accountable when they stonewall.
For more on why the Duprey letter is being suppressed, head over to Afra Raymond’s blog and read Freedom of Information Request for Duprey Letter of 13 January 2009.