Afra Raymond questions the motivations of Trinidad & Tobago’s Integrity Commission

Integrity Trinidad

Shocking behaviours by those entrusted to investigate corruption

by Afra Raymond

by Afra Raymond

This column sets out my reasons for seriously questioning the motivation and priorities of the Integrity Commission. Despite my doubts as to the way in which successive Commissions have operated the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA), I have continued to offer suggestions as to how their work could be made more effective.

The continuing Code of Silence on the CL Financial bailout, the sharp attack, from many quarters, on our substantial national institutions and the very doubtful history of the Integrity Commission are clear signs that the Public Interest needs to be safeguarded with utmost vigilance at this time.

In relation to the Commission’s history, we need to note the shocking details unearthed during Dr Keith Rowley’s litigation against them. The Commission had made certain findings without giving Rowley the opportunity to respond, as recommended by its advisers and in 2009 the High Court made an historic finding that…

“…The Court declares that the Integrity Commission has acted in bad faith in relation to Dr. Rowley and is guilty of the tort of misfeasance in public office…”

At Para 45 (i) of the 2009 ruling –

“…The Court does not accept the Integrity Commission’s explanation as to why it wrote to the Honourable Prime Minister on the 19th October, 2004, to ascertain whether an inquiry was to be undertaken and if so, the names of the persons to man the enquiry and their terms of reference. The Court notes that the Integrity Commission is an independent constitutional body which ought to act independently pursuant to its constitutional and statutory powers and duties…”

The entire Commission resigned immediately as a result of that High Court ruling.

… continue reading this article at Afra Raymond’s blog Integrity Reflections


Filed under Corruption, Crime & Law, Political Corruption, Politics & Corruption, Trinidad and Tobago

3 responses to “Afra Raymond questions the motivations of Trinidad & Tobago’s Integrity Commission

  1. Integrity, transparency, accountability and freedom of information are essential elements of good governance in any democracy . At least Trinbago has an Integrity Commission and a justice system which seem to be working ! Things in Trinbago seem to move along at a fairly rapid clip, compared to the pace at which things are brought to a conclusion in Barbados. Just ask Massy and the Caribbean Court of Justice !

  2. blondie

    Most of the Caribbean islands are the same when it comes to corruption and theft, fraud, contracts to friends and all that.

    Been that way for years and years but nothing left to steal now.

  3. Victoria Edgley

    Everybody all over the world who spends 2 seconds contemplating Bajan Integrity legislation either has a good laugh or snores themselves to sleep How can this country ever expect to deserve international respect?