Sunday, December 17, 2017

Integrity commissioner Seunarine Jokhoo resigns

 Another blow for the Integrity Commission in the form of a resignation of Seunarine Jokhoo.

Yesterday President Anthony Carmona announced he received, through commission chairman Kenneth Gordon, a letter of resignation from Seunarine Jokhoo. The release stated that Jokhoo, a chartered accountant, in his letter dated March 11, 2014, advised that “he was unable to continue as a Member of the Integrity Commission because of urgent family commitments. He thus elected to tender his resignation from the Integrity commission”.

The release said the President accepted Jokhoo’s resignation, thanked him for his service to the nation and “has begun searching for an appropriate replacement”.

It said an appointment would be made by the President after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. At this time, both office holders are out of the country. 

Jokhoo’s departure means the commission cannot function because under the Integrity in Public Life Act the Commission must have at least one member who is a chartered or certified accountant.

The work of the Commission was stymied in February when deputy chairman Sebastian Ventour resigned temporarily to deliver three judgements.  Ventour was reappointed at the end of February.

Attempts to contact Gordon yesterday were unsuccessful.