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Jan 12, 2021

P.S.U. Wants Whistleblower’s Act Introduced

In light of Eddie de la Rosa’s testimony, who says he witnessed the corrupt activities within government ministries, the P.S.U. says that people like De La Rosa need protecting.  De La Rosa fled to the U.S. after he felt his life was in danger because he is now a whistleblower.  The Public Service Union says that to protect people like him, the Briceño Administration must table and pass the Whistleblower’s Act to protect and reward whistleblowers.  The P.S.U.’s First Vice President Dean Flowers says that the union stands ready to support the minister and, by extension, the Government of Belize in stomping out corruption within the public service.

 

Dean Flowers, 1st Vice President, P.S.U.

“The press release that we should issued on Friday of course as you are well aware stemmed from the Minister’s comment in which we felt a bit hard down whereby he said that public officers were not cooperative in exposing the level of corruption that he is uncovering within the Ministry of Works. We felt it necessary for us to clarify that public servants have in fact over the years tried their best, albeit covertly, to expose the corruption under the precious administration, not only in the Ministry of Works but several other ministries. We believe that if there is the introduction of legislation via a Whistle Blowers Act, that perhaps not maybe perhaps that definitely we will see the kind of cooperation that is needed, not only in the public sector but perhaps in the private sector and quasi government sector whereby people will feel a bit more at ease in coming forward and offering the kind of disclosure that is needed so that corruption is nipped in the bud.”

 

Dean Flowers

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“What sort of protection would you hope to see in this proposed Whistle Blowers Act because the fear of being victimized by ministers and even C.E.O.’s, even ministers; henchmen and cronies within the department is still a reality? So what sort of protection would you hope that is legislation would have?”

 

Dean Flowers

“Well I am pretty quite sure that there are several  models available but some of the key components that we would like to see there of course is protection against victimization that coming out and exposing corrupt acts by senior public officers or ministers that your job security would be intact. We are also hoping that where security is concern that there can be something in there that if there is the need for your own personal level of security to be opted that you will be afforded that protection through the security forces.”


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