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Anti-corruption campaigner, Professor Trevor Munroe, is calling for action against the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) over the agency’s breach of laws.
In a speech delivered at the Ten Thousand Man March in St Catherine yesterday, he said the breaches represent violence against the laws of Jamaica.
Jamaica has taken another step forward in the fight against corruption with the National Integrity Action (NIA) becoming a full chapter of Transparency International.
Transparency International is a non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption. It focuses on prevention and reforming systems.
Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
The corruption watchdog agency, National Integrity Action (NIA), is defending its support of the proposed campaign financing legislation that will allow political parties to continue accepting money from donors without making public disclosure of the contributions even while accepting state funding.
With some critics arguing that the fight against corruption demands that political parties make public the donors, the proposed legislation which should be before Parliament early next year provides that contributions above $250,000 should be reported to a subcommittee of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).
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No one should forever be a prisoner to his past, being made, in a liberal democracy, to pay daily penance to which they formerly subscribed but have since jettisoned. Nor can such a person, in a democracy, be proscribed from political engagement, whether in competitive politics or via civil-society organisations.
Trevor Munroe, in this regard, must be able to enjoy his right to be a member of, or to lead, the National Integrity Action (NIA), a group that lobbies against corruption in Jamaica, or any other organisation whose members will have him in whatever capacity. That is the way of democracies.
Recently, Trevor Munroe, executive director of National Integrity Action, demonstrated that the income gap between the top and bottom wage earners is getting wider in Jamaica, based on data published by the IMF (May 2013). Jamaica has a higher level of income inequality than Haiti and every other country in this hemisphere, excepting Suriname. Munroe quoted a Gleaner 2013 report of two top executives of one of our banks who were paid $4.5m per week, while the average weekly earning of wage earners in the financial services was approximately $12,000 per week; a difference $4.488m or a multiple difference of 375 times!
The question Munroe asked was: is our economic system fair to all?. He challenged the audience of Rotarians to correct the system by reminding them that Jamaica has achieved greatness in many areas but not economic justice.
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'Bly' culture breeding corruption, hurting Jamaica - Henry
Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer
Director of the National Integrity Action (NIA) Martin Henry has warned against the corrupt nature of the 'bly' syndrome, gripping Jamaica.
Henry told a Gleaner Editors' forum on Wednesday that the existing problem of corruption plaguing society has been linked to a significant number of Jamaicans relying on a 'bly' - a special favour or chance by circumventing due process.