Jack on Integrity Commission’s list
153 persons fail to declare all their info...
Irene Medina Associate Editor
Interim Political Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner is among a list of 153 persons, including a sitting Government MP and an Opposition senator, identified by the Integrity Commission yesterday as having failed to declare all their information in relation to their annual declaration with the commission.
The sitting MP is Minister of the Environment and Water Resources, Ganga Singh, while the Opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) senator has been identified as Fitzgerald Hinds.
Both Hinds and Singh could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Singh’s, according to the Commission’s listing, outstanding information dates back to 2006, when he was an Opposition MP with the United National Congress (UNC) while Hinds’ matter dates back to 2005, when he was a member of the Senate, according to the commission’s listing.
Fired minister in the Ministry of National Security, Collin Partap is also listed as failing to provide information for 2009, when he too was on the Opposition benches.
Warner, however, stated that he was not “bothered too much” by the commission’s public listing of his name since he had been assured by his accountant that all the forms had been submitted for the period under query.
In its two-page advertisement in the Express yesterday, the commission stated that its decision to publish the names of the persons for the period ending December 31, 2003-2011 was in keeping with Section 11(6) of the Integrity in Public Life Act.
Warner, the commission stated, has failed to submit outstanding information for a period of six years, from 2006 to 2011.
Warner and the Integrity Commission are no strangers.
In fact, as recent as August 26, he met with officials of the commission in connection with commission’s probe into his allegations that a Government minister owns six multi-million dollar palatial homes under questionable circumstances.
Warner also provided taped information to support his claim against the Government minister, which not only involve the six questionable houses but also contained graphic information about sexual harassment, bribery and food card abuse.
Also in November 2012, at the height of allegations against the ILP leader with regards to his Fifa activities, the Commission had interviewed at least one person, social activist Kirk Waithe, who also provided documents about Warner’s alleged FIFA impropriety.
So does he have the moral authority to take anyone to the Commission?
Warner explained that his complaints to the Integrity Commission about alleged corrupt activities of a Government minister and his failure to provide outstanding documents were “two different things.”
“One is a matter of corruption and the other is simply a matter of insufficient information.”
He said he was not bothered, and did not see it as a “major issue at all.”
According to him “my accountant has assured me that while there may be outstanding information, all of the documents have been submitted.”
Current Secretary of Community Development and Culture, Dr Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus, of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has also has failed to supply outstanding information for the period 2003 to 2007, according to the commission.