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Senator questions Integrity Commission’s intent

Last month, Marilyn Williams was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Williams is the former Chair of the Integrity Commission. Her replacement has not been identified. On December 8, 2017 Prime Minister Dean Barrow told the media that it should not take long to identify Williams’ replacement on the Integrity Commission. Speaking on the topic is Senator for Private Sector Mark Lizarraga.

 Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Private Sector

“There are many persons that have expressed great concern to me that the Integrity Commission has chosen to look at reports from 2016 point forward I understand and am to be corrected on this. The whole concept behind setting up this Integrity Commission was so that politicians could report their balance sheet, their net worth one year before they got in to power and up and through one year after they leave power and there is a logical reason for that it’s so that you want to know what wealth if any was accumulated during that period that you were in government. Well certainly if we are only looking at accounts form 2016 forward, because that’s when the commission was formed, it leads one to question really how can we circumvent the intent of this piece of legislation which is clearly to show how politicians acquire wealth through their period in office and that’s a disappointment and it is a major weakness and I believe if that is going to be the path that that commission is going to take.”

The Commission is made up of members Armead Gabourel, Wilmot Simmons, Lisbeth Delgado, Nestor Vasquez, Melissa Balderamos Mahler and Claudet Grinage.