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Apr 10, 2014

The transparency and accountability of the Integrity Commission

Francis Fonseca

It’s mostly gone under the radar, but March thirty-first was the deadline for all members of the National Assembly to file their declarations with the Integrity Commission. It’s actually something that should be done each year…a very detailed accounting of personal assets, including assets held by spouses – bonds, stocks, shares, properties…that sort of thing. But it’s never been done, at least not by more than a very few members of parliament. So with the deadline passed, we put the question to P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca. The party says it is all about reform and hell bent on those infamous buzz words – transparency and accountability. So did Fonseca make his declaration to the Integrity Commission?

 

Francis Fonseca, P.U.P. Leader

“I certainly have filed. As far as I am aware…and I have to say this, we just had a meeting yesterday of the Executive where the Secretary-General requested from everybody to submit the date on which they filed their respective applications, their filings…so I can say with some level of certainly that a majority, if not all of the fourteen parliamentarians in the House have filed. And the senators have filed…there are some new senators, but the one remaining senator, Senator Shoman has filed. I am aware of that. So I can’t say with absolute certainty that there has been one hundred percent compliance yet, but I know that a great majority of parliamentarians have filed, and we are insisting that they do so. If they have not done so they will have to do so very quickly, we are insisting on that. It is true that there is no Integrity Commission. There has been no Integrity Commission under this U.D.P. government now going for three years or more. We have already named our representatives on the Integrity Commission. Those people have already been named. As you know the Prime Minister named certain individuals who later resigned because of certain laws that came into being, but that has been almost two months or so…why is it that they have not been able to find new nominees. It is a serious matter. It goes to the heart of the concerns of the Belizean people about accountability and transparency. We talked about issues today involving ministers of government and companies they own. Are these things being disclosed when they file?”

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3 Responses for “The transparency and accountability of the Integrity Commission”

  1. Ali Babarrow sez, screw Belize says:

    Until Belize signs on to the UN convention of transparency and integrity,

    the GOB lie factory will continue screwing the country.

  2. Lord LOL says:

    The reason why this PM and this GOB are having trouble finding new nominees is because SO MANY DAMN PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE CROOKED! or the PM is putting little consideration into this.

  3. punkgial says:

    Not because you are a minister,senator, or commissioner of police you are immune to the law,if you break the law you need to be punish and take accountability for your disgrace corruption and action you made.people of belize need to rise and start a peaceful and constructive revolution to get rid of these corrupted government.

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