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Jun 14, 2017

Ex-Immigration Minister Contends Ministers Are Not Responsible for Public Officers

Mark Lizarraga

Former Minister of Immigration and briefly National Security, Carlos Perdomo, ended his appearance last Wednesday before the Senate panel hitting back at claims he disregarded his personal standards with regard to approving certain applications for nationality. His return this week resumed with more sparring with Business Community Senator Mark Lizarraga, who referred him to Section forty-four (two) of the Constitution.  This is in respect of the collective responsibility of Cabinet for actions taken by Ministers of Government, and the oath they all swore upon entering office, as well as the Public Service Regulations. Surprisingly, Perdomo disagreed.  The now-Cabinet Secretary contends that no Minister is personally responsible for any decision taken by members of the Public Service ranking below them, and that he did not tolerate or turn a blind eye to the activity in the Department under his watch. Perdomo in turn accused the Senator of casting aspersions on his character.

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“It seems to me that the Constitution and the Regulations are clearly telling us that people in authority, or in senior positions in authority starting in Cabinet, are responsible for those below them; would you agree?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

Carlos Perdomo, Former Minister of Immigration/National Security

“That was talking about the Public Service.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Yes, but the concept is the same – if you read the Constitution and the regulations, the concept is the same; those above you are responsible for those below. Would you agree, Minister?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“I don’t agree, because it is something that has to go into a discussion. How will you be responsible for everything [done] down below? You’re responsible for something but you can’t take responsibility for everything a public officer does. So it’s an issue that is very broad and it has many different angles to answer it; so your question – I can’t answer that, because that’s not a fair question.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Do you agree that you implicitly, and it can be said explicitly, tolerated wrongdoing under your watch?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“I don’t agree.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“You don’t agree. Would you agree that you either implicitly or explicitly, nurtured wrongdoing under your watch?”

 

Carlos Perdomo

“You just talked about casting aspersions, you’re back to it. I don’t agree.”

 

Mark Lizarraga

“Do you agree that explicitly or implicitly, wrongdoing grew and blossomed under your watch s as Minister of Immigration and Nationality?”

 

Carlos Perdomo, Former Minister of Immigration/National Security

“I don’t agree.”

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2 Responses for “Ex-Immigration Minister Contends Ministers Are Not Responsible for Public Officers”

  1. Mike G says:

    It no mi! Right!

  2. Marie says:

    Stop playing stupid because you do believe it. The only one that matter is the one that had a big $$! amount.

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