One of the reform issues which the Opposition will be demanding is the appointment of the Integrity Commission. While the law calls for the appointment and functioning of this important check and balance body, it has not functioned for the entire life of the Barrow Administration. At last week Friday’s House Meeting, Prime Minister Dean Barrow claimed that there was little he could do about it.
Rt. Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize
“We had appointed a full Integrity Commission or designated the full membership of the Integrity Commission and then when some of those we had designated found out that membership of the Integrity Commission involved being a politically exposed person, a pet in the language employed in the International Community, the refused to proceed, when you are a pep and I am sure the member knows, you are oblige no only to make full disclosure to any commercial institutions, you are prevent from opening bank accounts abroad, your designation once that status is applied to you it is made clear that your entire generation also become peps; your wife, your children, your mother, your grandmother and your friends and all of them are subjects to the questions routinely put to peps certainly when you are visiting the United States in particular it was on that bases that people said we are not prepared to serve, now we try to do some replacements but the biggest obstacle is that the law, setting up the Integrity Commission, obliges the membership on that commission on a chartered accountant of how many years standing and that is where we are particularly running into trouble, as soon as I can find a Chartered Accountant in Belize who is prepared, not a PUP, an objective Chartered Accountant who is prepared to assume that pep status I will complete the appointment of the committee.”
Honorable Julius Espat – Area Representative Cayo South
“It is difficult for me to understand that the Prime Minister of this country cannot find four people to sit on an Integrity Commission and he is telling the Belizean people that we have nobody of integrity, his point of view has to be UDP to be able to sit on that Commission is that what is happening? He said he cannot find an accountant and the accountant by the way cannot be a PUP so that means that everybody that is not a PUP.”
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