Jeffrey: Revamped Integrity Commission needed to tackle corruption

Former PPP/C Minister, Dr. Henry Jeffery says that tackling political corruption here requires at the minimum a re-conceptualizing of the Integrity Commission with a view to making it more effective and independent of the Executive but President Bharrat Jagdeo says he does not know what Jeffery means.

In a letter to this newspaper, published yesterday, Jeffery said “…the issue of political corruption is most complex and to be successful, an anti-corruption effort must be holistic. In the case of Guyana, I will venture to say that at the minimum, it requires a reconceptualization of the role and nature of the Integrity Commission with a view to making it more effective and independent of the Executive.”

Asked for a response to the former Minster’s assertion yesterday, Jagdeo said that he does not know if Jeffery has just woken. “Probably Henry Jeffery has a lot of free time on his hand so I guess he’s writing but I don’t know what he means”, he said.

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