Three members of the Integrity Commission were yesterday sworn-in by President Bharrat Jagdeo at the Office of the President.
Those sworn-in were Subhadra Sukhi, Nigel Hazel and Fazal Mohamed Feroze.
Feroze said that he and his other two colleagues are happy to serve Guyana and that they are looking forward to the work of the commission.
He added that they were told that a chairman for the commission will be announced within a week, since further consultations have to be done between President Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Leader, Robert Corbin.
Yesterday, Corbin during a press conference, said that while he was out of the country, two letters signed by the Head of the Presidential secretariat were dispatched to the General Secretary of the PNCR, with respect to the desire of the President to conclude his engagement with him.
This letter sought to have engagements with Corbin on the three nominees for appointment to the reconstituted Integrity Commission and requesting “a possible time for an engagement” with the Leader of the Opposition to conclude discussions on Bills under review by the Bi-partisan Local Government Task Force.
According to Corbin, the inference was that the illness of the Opposition Leader was in some way the cause for the delay in treating with these matters.
“The sudden urgency by the President to constitute the Integrity Commission is at best illusory, especially since he appeared content to have an unconstitutional Body remain in Office for nearly four years before attempting to rectify the error.”
The process of consultation, Corbin said, commenced in January 2009, with Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who was performing the duties of President.
He said, that he later wrote to President Jagdeo expressing some concerns and requested information, but never got any formal response.
“However, information on three nominees was eventually supplied and an undertaking was made to provide a new nominee for the Chairmanship of this body. To date, the name of the new nominee has not been made available to me.”
It is therefore ‘mindboggling’, he said yesterday, that the President would declare his anxiety to complete the constitution of the Integrity Commission on May 7, 2009, when at the time that the Opposition Leader fell ill on April 25.
“More than two months had elapsed since my last communication with him (President Jagdeo) and more significantly, the basis for its reconstitution, that is, a proposed Chairman has not yet been identified and made known to the Leader of the Opposition.”
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