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Don't betray reputation for impartiality

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I am having a growing sense of unease about comments made by National Integrity Action (NIA) boss and anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe.

In The Sunday Gleaner, in a story titled 'Punish Petrojam wrongdoers', the professor called for an investigation into the affairs at Petrojam and Ministry of Tourism appointments. I agree with the professor on the Petrojam issue. However, his statement falls far short of impartiality and of the standard we have come to expect from the professor.

As an anti-corruption campaigner, I fully expect Professor Munroe to call out all appearances of corruption, no matter where they lay. If you would ask any Jamaican about corruption, he or she would overwhelmingly mention the unfolding fiasco at the Manchester Municipal Corporation without hesitation.

For the accomplished professor to have not mentioned that seems to indicate one of two options: 1) Professor Munroe is either pursuing an agenda, or 2) he is out of touch with what is happening in the country.

This brings my point to the fore. Professor Munroe, the Jamaican people need NIA to remain a bastion of impartiality and unimpeachable credibility. We require an organisation that will highlight corruption, whether from Government or Opposition.

What we do not need is more agenda-pushing or political motivation. We have two political parties dedicated to that task.