Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has pledged that his new Administration will operate with the highest level of integrity to gain the public’s trust and confidence.
He said that the Government would be tough on corruption, and every elected representative and appointed Minister will participate in sensitization and public education programs, to be established by the Integrity Commission.
“This to increase their awareness and understanding of the anticorruption legislative framework, not just to sensitize them alone but to ensure they are seized of their duties under the law and understand that this will be an accountable government,” he noted.
After being sworn into office by the Governor-General, Mr. Holness said that every member of the Government must be an active agent for the stronger recovery of the economy and society and must understand that “this mandate is not about them; it is about the people.”
“No princes and princesses were elected; you have no divine right or entitlement. We are all servants of the public good,” he noted.
“There will be those who feel that [having] the majority is the basis for arrogance, gives them license to do as they wish, creates an opportunity to pursue their selfish ends and their personal ambition, gives room for complacency and tolerance for errors. Those who hold such views would be sadly mistaken and soon separated,” he warned.
Mr. Holness said that in addition to investigation and prosecution, “we must seek to prevent the occurrence of acts which weaken public trust and damage the integrity of the Government.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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