Corruption is defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. The issue of corruption is not new; it is probably as old as the State or any political organisation with the prerogative to allocate resources. The ethical failings associated with corruption are indisputable. Yet the ambiguities about corruption, its causes, its effects and its cures cause many to wonder whether fighting it has been a true priority or merely a rhetorical one. Not in dispute, however, is the fact that fighting corruption has seemingly become a rhetorical priority.
Jamaica is consistently ranked as highly corrupt by Transparency International. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of 2016, calculated using composite indexes spanning a two-year period, saw Jamaica slipping 14 points as it relates to the country’s rank in comparison to other states.