BLP releases first draft of Integrity Commission Bill

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) today released the first draft of its Integrity Commission Bill which it said would help to curb rampant corruption in Barbados.

The BLP’s trio of Dale Marshall, Ralph Thorne and Wilfred Abrahams shared sections of the document during a press conference at the office of the Leader of the Opposition.

The bill, which was drafted with counsel from Sir David Simmons; Leslie Haynes, QC; Gregory Nicholls and Stewart Mottley, will see the establishment of a six-member commission which will be allotted investigative powers to inspect reports of corruption. It also has provisions to ensure the protection of whistle blowers.

Under the bill, which the BLP said would be introduced if it forms the next Government, people guilty of corruption will face jail sentences and fines as high as $500, 000.

Marshall said that after bringing the Integrity Commission Bill to Parliament, the 1929 Prevention of Corruption Act will be scrapped from the statue books.

Meantime, Abrahams said the bill will usher in a new regime of transparency and accountability in Barbados.

“Until and unless someone in public office is properly investigated and has to face the consequences of their actions, people are not going to have faith that anything is being done,” he said.

“The foolishness in Barbados has to stop now, the rampant and obvious corruption has to stop now . . . and we will lay it before parliament on our first sitting as a new government,” Abrahams added.

 

46 Responses to BLP releases first draft of Integrity Commission Bill

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    LAY THE BILL AND START THE INVESTIGATIONS< AS MOTTLEY HAVE SAID IF THEY FORMED THE NEXT GOV. FBI & INTERPOL WILL WOULD INVESTIGATE…….WE THE TAXPAYERS WANT TO SEE THESE DECENT CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS

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    • Suezette Boyce-Griffith
      Suezette Boyce-Griffith November 18, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      yea Ali you right hope she live up to her words so we can see dems looking through bars

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    • Charles Atkins
      Charles Atkins November 19, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Is there any truth to the suggestion of a FBI report being in the possession of the BLP, twenty years ago and never seeing the light of day.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner November 19, 2017 at 6:09 am

      Charles Atkins Would not be surprise if there was a FBI report but let’s be real both of these two political parties slimy shady with lots to hide and both of them want no integrity legislation this is just hot air.

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      • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Talk ya Talk boy. Dale Marshall ain’t no Halo circulating his head. Mottley is not going to investigate a boy. I will admit that I have challenged her via other postings and posters to introduce ITAL and she has. Now she got to prove her worth in salt. Mia Mottley, will you investigate all the things you see the auditor general highlighting? Will you investigate the matters surrounding the Grotto, Cahill, the mechanic who overcharges for bus parts, and the politicians building big houses on politicians salaries? Will you investigate the car racket? Will you pursue a declaration of assets by the DLP to determine they’re all of a sudden accumulated wealth? Or will you pretend to be doing something when you did know you do not plan to do one shyte? Will you be transparent, far more transparent than you were during the 14 years BLP dominated? I really hope you ain’t tricking the people because you are not exactly Miss Integrity wrapped up in white cloth.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba November 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Charles Atkins SOME BODY SAY IT WAS ON THEIR DESK, BUT SOME HOW THE REPORT LIKE IT VANISH INTO THIN AIR…..HAVING SAID THAT, WE CANNOT KEEP GOING DOWN THE SAME ROAD TIME AFTER TIME….SOME BODY(IES) MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TAXPAYERS MONIES…..WE KNOW SUCCESSIVE GOV. HAVE PINCH THE DOUGH, BUT MY GOD DEM HERE GONE OVER BOARD BY MILES!!!!!!!! BILLIONS OF DOUGH GONE AN NOTHING TO SHOW….BORROWING BORROWING AND NOTHING…IT HAVE TO STOP

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    • Suezette Boyce-Griffith
      Suezette Boyce-Griffith November 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Yes it have to stop as i said not bnor d it is all about the country and ppl it is hard to see pensioners suffering so cant pay bills and buy food and dems got this country mash right up tax payer cant get their money that aint right

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  2. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis November 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    It deserves the vote of the people.

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Another shill who sounds like a pathetic man begging for a chance, maybe the people deserve better from both parties Jerome and not theatrics.

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  3. hcalndre November 18, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I heard a politician said that Barbados is the least corrupt country in the Caribbean and SA. I checked it sometime ago and they were rated at 21, same as the US but the US has approx. 340 million plus people while Barbados has 275 thousand, is that something to be proud about? Politicians go to jail in the US and not one in Barbados had ever face the courts and is very quick to threaten anyone with a law suit who ask how come? although the bill would be welcome the horses have bolted the stables long time,

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

      And not a boy will face the courts either. Mia Mottley will pretend that she is doing something but will not do a thing. Not one crooked politician will go before a court of law. One just have to pick sense from the Leroy Parris issue to know that people with money and status are protected by the courts and the laws of Barbados

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  4. John Everatt November 18, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    The DLP also promised to curb corruption but look what happened when they got into office. The people need to hold these politicians to their word. We all hope that the BLP will do something about it.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 8:07 am

      But6 yuh blasted fool. You just. Born? Nothing will happen from none if the two corup parties. Stop supporting them. Your have seen them6 in actikn over the year’s. What hope are you putting in them? Kts a power grab. Get real and support the two new parties. Take a gambler people.

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  5. milli watt November 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    yyyyaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnn……………AGAIN!

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  6. Antonio Franklyn
    Antonio Franklyn November 18, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Its one thing to say that you will, and actually doing it. If they are voted in i hope they follow through with this bill.

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  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 18, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Frigging politricks in power for 14 straight years no integrity legistation but now elections around corner they have integrity legislation in mind just b/s.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Absolutely brother. Plain horse crap. Only the brain dead and dum will fall for that crap.

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    • Robert Goren November 19, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Rawle, please be fair.

      I’m sure you recall prior to the 2008 general elections, David Thompson and the DLP promised to enact Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information Act, and ministers signing a code of good conduct, (pages 46 & 48 of the DLP’s 2008 manifesto) IMMEDIATELY upon being elected.

      Nine years later, no ministers has declared their assets or signed on to a “code of good conduct,” nor has the DLP enacted IL or FOI Act.

      This is telling Barbadians that its all “frigging politricks” by BOTH the BLP & DLP.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

      This is all part of the plot to appeal to the masses who want justice, but will never get it under a BLP or DLP government. Both are wicked and deceitful, a bunch of show offs and crooked.

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  8. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde November 19, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Until.they get the reins of power in they hand them this same Draft will catch a cold as the old people will say.

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  9. Saga Boy November 19, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I hope they also investigate Mottley.

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  10. Alex Alleyne November 19, 2017 at 4:57 am

    “THE FOOLISHNESS IN BARBADOS HAS TO STOP NOW”. Nuff sweet-talk” day after day by all office seekers. VOTE CANDIDATE NOT PARTY OR YOU WILL BE SINGING THE SAME TUNE ALL OVER AGAIN.
    Half a dozen of one , six of the other.

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  11. Solutions Barbados November 19, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Why are you waiting until you hope to be elected to lay this bill in parliament? Why not bring it to parliament now and see if the government supports it or votes against it? What are you waiting for? There are 4 months of this sitting of Parliament left. Surely that is enough time to get the bill in and have it debated? However, that $500,000 fine is not nearly enough to deter a corrupt person who steals $5 Million. After all, he or she only has to plan to give back 10% of what they stole. The penalty should be 10 times the bribe amount, or 100 years in prison. However I wouldn’t get excited. This bill might never see the light of day in any case. Even if it was brought to the house in a show of good faith by either of the two established parties, it could sit idle and never be proclaimed by the Governor General or gazetted, and therefore never become be law. This is exactly what happen to the last piece of similar legislation. I will believe this bill will become law at the exact moment that I believe that pigs really do fly!! Don’t get excited Barbadians, this is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Well said Solutions Party. You them in for 14 years and what did you get? Controversy 123. You put in the corrupt DLP and what you get? Controversy 345. All made promises to entice and then bup on Barbadians while their lives were made better and bigger. I really hope you are stepping up your campaigning and understand that you cannot just rely on a website and a few columns per week. Get videos rolling speaking nothing about the truth and presenting the facts. Start painting the pictures to replace a thousand words, so that Barbadians do not forget that it was under these two parties that we prospered and under them we suffered.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine November 19, 2017 at 11:37 am

      So that if they win the next election they can come with the same excuses why the legislation had to be put on hold or is not needed anymore. I hope you are ready, Granville

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  12. Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

    There people would say anything to con the stupid barbados voter’s to elect them. Then as soon as there are in office out go’s the platform lies. I have seen it all over the world. Bajans have to smarten up and send a strong message to the power seekers that this behavior will stop. Clean house and start fresh all over with a new party and new player’s. Take a gamble and give the two newer parties an opportunity to goven. The BLP AND DLP Best day are behind them. There are all wash up. Come on young bajans stop the parting and start thinking about your country. Its future and your family’s future. Barbados need to form interest groups. With these bodies of groups government will be held to account. The unions use to be such a group. Now it’s dead thanks to unions members joining political parties and distorting them.
    Like i said CLEAN HOUSE!

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  13. Sherlock Holmes. November 19, 2017 at 8:17 am

    A promise is a comfort to a fool. These people on both sides of the divide really think that the electorate are silly i have confidence only in Jesus Christ where integrity is concerned all have sinned and have fallen short of his glory. The things you hear range from racketeering, pay for play, sexual deviance and misconduct and the list can go on and on in truth there may be very few of them that could escape these laws are there any clean hands and hearts?

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  14. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne November 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Make it work!

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  15. sticks and stones November 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Jokers! a real bunch of jokers ! leadership credibility under the spotlight, plenty in house fighting over the years , unresolved court battles dealing with character assassination between members and leadership
    Integrity legislation what ! whose integrity anyway, Blp needs a good bush bathe before talking about integrity

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  16. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I believe Mia and the BLP can do the job. At least they give the people Hope. The DLP tends to suck out people’s hopes and dreams like a Vampire sucks blood. Vampire Political Party (VPP)

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      You are the biggest shill on earth Luther you are probably the lickrish Luther in the BADMC adverts as you literally live outside of reality most of the times.

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  17. BimJim November 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Politricks as usual – the insane have been running the asylum for decades, and it shows.

    Watch and see, this is pure political promises, _IF_ the BLP get elected they will forget about this legislation like they want to forget the first lashes they ever get as a child. Gone. Vanished.

    Even if it hangs around, it will exempt every last one of the political class (BOTH Parties) from prosecution – they NEVER do a single thing that will cut off their own noses.

    Only the yard fowls will believe this nonsense. As I keep saying, throw BOTH of these criminal Parties out and seek fresh blood who have fresh ideas, not the same old same old BS for the next four, eight, twelve years.

    Can Barbados REALLY afford these “Labour” Parties any more? Devaluation is right around the corner, no matter WHAT these clowns want us to believe. Our currency depends on no other to survive.

    Looka “Finance Minister” Chris Sinckler just built a new brand house for $2.4 million – NOW ASK YOURSELF, WHERE DID HE GET THAT KIND OF MONEY FROM, EVEN ON A MINISTER’S SALARY?

    Mia Mottley is under suspicion of not having a Law Degree, but instead of producing the documentation like the above-reproach honest Officer Of The Court she is supposed to be and stopping the public doubts she apparently refuses to be transparent to those who pay her salary – is THAT the kind of Prime Minister we REALLY need?

    Labour? Don’t make me laugh. These days they should more accurately call themselves the Bureaucratic Self-Serving Parties. Neither Party any longer give a rat’s ass about the poor, the middle class, or even about the nation itself, it is all about how much personal wealth and power they can accumulate before they get thrown out of office, and to hell with everybody else.

    OUT!! OUT!! OUT!!
    GET THE HELL OUT!!

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    • Sherlock Holmes. November 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Since when does a house owned by a non national is owned by the MOF?

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      • Sherlock Holmes. November 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        BY THE WAY Bim Jim not a bad observation.

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    • Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Absolutely true. I feel the same way brother. Clean HOUSE. Lets start New again. Change is good BARBADOS!

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  18. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Let Bizzy Williams and that crowd run the Country then because the third party candidates are poor and hand to mout. CATCH 22 ?

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  19. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman November 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Both bees and dees still playing the tricks on when voted in smh.

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  20. Freeagent November 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    There is much talk about chronic corruption in Barbados. If this is so and this can be proved, why isn’t/aren’t person(s) before the courts of Law? This proposed legislation was supposed to be in effect over twenty years ago.

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  21. Looking On, Voting Integrity November 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Integrity does not come from legislation. Integrity is a heart matter. The people waving integrity legislation just fanning themselves with the papers. Use your eyes, ears and brains. Think for yourselves. Words without action is what??? Lack of integrity.

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  22. Jus.me November 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Oh a house for 2.4 million,!!
    Ok
    Make that only
    897,600,000 that Mr Stuart cant account for.

    Dont stop the carnival!!

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  23. Bajan Patriot November 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    pm
    Its time for something NEW. Anew begining in the political movement in Barbadians life. The two established political parties have proven to all of us that they are still mentally living in the 19th centuries and trying to govern in the in the 21st centre.

    I’m willing to give the newer parties an opportunity to take the country in an new direction. Change is goouhhd barbados. Not going back to the same two wash up parties. My fare is that the younger voter are not experience enough to make the right choice in they interest and will fall for the hate or like of candidates or parties.

    Entertainment is never a replacement for good policies. Most bajans go’s to political meeting to hear gossip and name calling.
    Look forward to hear the new parties vision for barbados.

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  24. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith November 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    wunna better keep wanna words lollol

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  25. RasWain November 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Wonder which side of dodds they gonna put sbim.

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  26. Robert Goren November 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I noticed Barbados Today is now assisting the Advocate by presenting news items that are predominately DLP oriented.

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  27. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Patriot
    I asked you on another thread to spell out what you mean.
    3rd parties like Petet Wickham says and I agree are a waste of time. So I do not know what you mean by this call for a fresh start.

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