UPP: Auditor General needs more teeth

Under a United Progressive Party (UPP) administration, the Office of the Auditor General would have “more teeth”.

That assurance came Sunday night from UPP political leader Lynette Eastmond who addressed the issue of corruption at a meeting in Licorish Village, where she also introduced her party’s candidate for the St Michael East constituency Paul Forte.

She complained that although the Auditor General produced a report every year identifying financial irregularities in Government departments and statutory corporations, under both Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administrations, no action was taken to deal with those responsible for those anomalies.

“Up to this day not one single issue raised by the Auditor General in his report has been pursued by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC),” Eastmond said.

Parliament’s PAC is currently chaired by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and includes members of both political parties sitting in Parliament.

“Why has nothing been done about these malpractices through the PAC?”

Eastmond argued that misuse of Government funds was resulting in shortfalls in other areas, including in the education system. She said there were cases where teachers had to use their own funds to buy resources for their classes.

Meantime, she said, there were civil servants who were living like millionaires although they did not have a salary to support that lifestyle.

10 Responses to UPP: Auditor General needs more teeth

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 27, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Really Lynette Eastmond? Would you really give the Auditor General more teeth and long claws? Right thinking Barbadians know the reason why the BLP and DLP ignore the AG’s reports. You just don’t up and stop a gravy train just so. The lack of accountability, transparency and whistleblower legislation makes it very convenient for both of these parties to their get rich schemes into operation. So it is good to hear you speak on a matter that both the D and B tends to ignore.

  2. seagul June 27, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Gravy trains destination to devaluation…

  3. hcalndre June 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    It amazes me when I hear certain members of parliament wanting legislation to seize the property of john public, but as the Mighty Sparrow said in his song, “Keep the city clean” that he knew where to start and Lynette seem to have an idea, give the Auditor General the power.

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 27, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Ok she is right on point but that is not going to ever happen in Barbados because the fat cats who benefit from the system being like that love it the way it is and a lot of fat cats might end up getting caught if Auditor General had real powers to end the corrupt pratices involving taxpayers monies.By the way she just politricking because she was once a member of BLP and never once said anything but now all of a sudden she running her mouth but she is right about one thing both of these garbage political parties do not want to be accountable or transparent to Bajans regardless of all the bogus election time hot air they now blowing.

  5. jennifer June 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Oh dear, now this could become problematic. Now having teeth takes great RESPONSIBILITY. Teeth need to be FLOSSED regularly to removed build up DEBRIS, which can cause teeth to rot and gum disease eventually leading to bad breath. Then how white do we want to maintain these teeth, pearly or just off white. That BRUSH can also pose a problem if any bristles are bent or missing. Then do we want shark like teeth in which some teeth is long and short and razor like or do we want them just right for chewing soft foods. Lady I say to get the rid of the current dentist as we currently got major tooth decay and reeducate another set from scratch.

    • jennifer June 27, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Until we as a people understand the rudiments of this plantation state we will remain in limbo dance mode

  6. BaJan boy June 27, 2017 at 9:49 am

    She could really shut and let the country progress..Stupseeeee. In this for the wrong reasons and can’t stop her. #clowness…

  7. Milli Watt June 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    If I can be assured she has left the influence of owen by the highway she could get my and more like me who want a total break wid this bunch a clowns that masquerading as politicians drawing tax payers money under false pretense. she clearly can’t be HUNGRY like de rest a mongrels. watching this one close

  8. Peter June 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Monitoring this story from afar, Jennifer, this is no time for rhetorical parables through which you only seem to vent your comments. This is downright corruption, theft, fraud, dishonesty, illegal activity, make your choice. Unless there is legislation that WILL BE ENFORCED to deal with this kind of activity, Lynette can talk till the cows come home. Nothing ain’t going to happen.

  9. jrsmith June 27, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Good old Christian barbados , the place is wicked and corrupt thats why, we have so much drug and guns on the little island…so much people is enjoying the benefits of it all , but who is paying the penalty the young people , its expected of them to behave as they see the parents behave ……..
    Look at the politicians , no one to be accountable to …………..We need an office of (Scotland Yard) as like the office of the (FBI) in Jamaica……


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