KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 20, 2019 – Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, is calling on citizens to expose wrongdoers and speak out against corruption
He made the call as he said that his ministry has teamed up with National Integrity Action (NIA), a non-profit organization aimed at combating corruption in Jamaica through education, encouraging anti-corruption vigilance and activism.
“…We recognize that there is too much wrongdoing across the country and somehow we need to expose the wrongdoers and to reduce wrongdoing wherever it occurs,” he said at a Ministry of Justice press conference.
He encouraged justices of the peace (JPs) and law-abiding citizens to uncover corruption, regardless of the status of the offenders.
“Wherever crime and corruption occur, we want Justices of the Peace and decent law-abiding citizens of our country to expose them, and it doesn’t matter if it is a minister, a mayor, a parliamentarian, a councillor, a bureaucrat, a permanent secretary or chief technical director. If they are engaged in corruption, they must be exposed,” the Minister emphasized.
Chuck contended that corruption eats away at the moral fibre of the country and reduces the benefits the Government can provide to the weak, poor and vulnerable of society.
“A few wrongdoers are illicitly enriching themselves to the detriment of a wide cross section of our country, and that is why this Ministry will be working extremely hard, so that we can move from the 44 score that we’ve had for the last two years and work towards a better score and improve on the corruption index,” the Justice Minister said, adding that ensuring citizens get value for their money is a priority for the Government.
“Where tax dollars are being wasted because contracts have a percentage that goes to illicit means, must stop….I want to send the signal out to contractors. You have no duty to give members of parliament, dons or anybody a portion of the contract. Whatever contract you have signed, make sure the people of Jamaica benefit enormously.”