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Call for end to corruption in public service

President of the senate Kerry-ann Ifill flanked by Nigel Jones and Dean Emeritus Harold Crichlow.

President of the senate Kerry-ann Ifill flanked by Nigel Jones and Dean Emeritus Harold Crichlow.

A veteran Government senator is calling for an end to “corruption” in the public service.

Addressing the Senate debate this afternoon on the Appropriations Bill, Reggie Hunte, suggested politicians were allowing too much foolishness to go on in the public service because they did not want to be kicked out by the people.

However, Hunte insisted that they would get “kicked out” anyhow.

He recalled a certain minister in the former Barbados Labour Party Administration who he claimed had given 26 new buses to 26 new drivers from his constituency “and still lost”.

The Government senator said public servants were making documents available to key opponents of the administration, something he suggested could go a long way.

“Public servants, forget the partisan politics,” urged Hunte.

He told the Upper Chamber that millions of dollars are unaccounted for in the service and drew reference to $880,000 which was originally allocated to place a roof on a building at Oistins, but ended up costing $1.6 million.

“That’s corruption,” he declared.

He stated that public servants must understand they were part of government.

“They must not fool themselves that because they are appointed, they can’t be terminated,” he cautioned.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

He also took exception to some of the descriptions attached to the Appropriations Bill, commonly known as the Estimates. Hunte suggested that it was an insult to members, for example, to call the bill, the only one mentioned in the Constitution as fiction.

“I take offence to it,” he submitted. (EJ)

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