Integrity Commission to be fully staffed in Jan. 2019

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– PM Nagamootoo tours new office

– 430 public officials submitted declarations

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo today toured the office of the Integrity Commission. The commission is up and running with 50 per cent of its staff and is expected to be fully staffed by January 2019.

Chairman of the Commission, Kumar Doraisami said: “We still have to hire more technical people; budgetary restraint is one of the reasons we do not have everyone but we’re hoping from January we are able to function fully.”

Doraisami disclosed that the agency is looking to acquire a full staff complement of 13 people in total and added that the commission is also seeking to employ at least five investigators.

The building, which is located on Church Street, Subyranville, Georgetown, houses a conference room, ICT centre and records room where hard copies of confidential files will be stored.

Since being sworn-in in February 2018, Chairman Doraisami said approximately 430 public officials have submitted their declarations. According to him, “If public officers want the Commission to secure their integrity, they must file their declarations.”

During brief remarks, Prime Minister Nagamootoo stated that an amendment to the integrity law was added to stipulate the guiding principles, given the importance of the declaration.

“Now that that has been published, we’re hoping that members of the public who hold these offices are going to read these principles and know how important it is for us to re-establish integrity in public life.”

He also noted that it is challenging to establish integrity norms in any society, however, the commission has put Guyana on the correct path.

Anara Khan.

Images: Jameel Mohamed.