Tuesday, July 17, 2007

31 officials on Integrity Commission list

Julien Neaves jneaves@trinidadexpress.com
Tuesday, July 17th 2007

SENATE Vice President Rawle Titus and Tobago House of Assembly (THA) minority leader Ashworth Jack are among 31 people listed in a notice by the Integrity Commission for failing to furnish particulars under the Integrity in Public Life Act.

The notice, which appeared in the newspapers last Thursday, stated that the people listed had failed to provide further particulars in relation to Declarations of Income, Assets and Liabilities and Statements of Registrable Interests with the commission, in accordance with section 13 of the Integrity in Public Life Act, 2000, for the year ended December 31, 2004.

However, Titus told the Express yesterday that, coincidentally, he was at the Integrity Commission offices that same day "settling up" to 2006, and though he had not seen the notice, he was aware of it. He stressed that when making declarations to the Integrity Commission you must ensure that you cross your "t's" and dot your "i's".

He added that everything had since been "cleared up" and the issue "put behind him".

Jack meanwhile said that he had been written to by the commission on the issue and the noncompliance, and it was "100 per cent" his fault. He reported that it was information missing from the application included his NIS and BIR numbers.

Jack said it was a simple matter of sending a letter with the information and it will be included with his other declarations.

Another person on the list was councillor Carol Cuffy-Dowlath (Les Efforts West/La Romaine). She, however, described it as a "minor query" and noted that it would have been cleared up between yesterday and today.

The list also featured a number of permanent secretaries, councillors and members of a number of borough and regional corporations, such as Point Fortin, Diego Martin and Siparia.

The commission's Acting Registrar, Martin Farrell, told the Express that the commission has had to make ex parte applications in the past to the High Court ordering people to comply with the act.

He said though that this does not happen very often, and there is usually a high amount of compliance.

How come dey aint charge these mudder conts and dem.

How come only fockin Panday geh charge.

Since fockin 2004 this tight fockin ass deputy Speaker fail to comply wid the Integrity Act. And dem fockers only reminding dem, they not chargin dem.

Is one law for niggas and one for coolies.

Charge the coolies and leh niggas go free. Create more fockin criminals.


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