"In my view, there have been and continues to be “multiple red flag situations” within the upper echelons of central power whereby knowingly, and for some unknown reason, have not been investigated or reviewed."
October, the Financial Secretary, Garth Henderson, in a MFEM media release
titled Strengthening Public Financial Management, “recognises the need to
tighten up its oversight and management of all public finances”. He further
stated, “the current criminal investigations related to alleged misuse of public
funds uncovered within the Police, BTIB and previously the Ministry of Justice
is a clear warning that suspects will be investigated”.
uncovering of various anomalies at the Police, BTIB and Justice was not a
result of MFEM’s review but rather it came from within those specific agencies
themselves. There appears to be some discretionary elements and choices taken
by the Financial Secretary when it comes to alleged instances of questionable
mismanagement and corrupt practices in the heart of the Government’s central
view, there have been and continues to be “multiple red flag situations” within
the upper echelons of central power whereby knowingly, and for some unknown
reason, have not been investigated or reviewed. This selective silent
application is increasingly becoming common knowledge in the private sector
community. The public sector senior hierarchy is tight-lipped due to political
repercussions and possible retaliation.
Doherty of Landholdings Ltd is absolutely right when he questions the integrity
of the tendering process adopted by MFEM in the CCL (Civil Contractors Ltd)
contract. The Financial Secretary is not in a position to promote and defend
his handling of the tendering process when it was his decision that counted.
That’s why we need independent agencies to review and keep an eye on
multi-million dollar projects of this sort funded by the tax payers of this
Against Corruption or CAC was borne out of this on-going frustration that law
enforcement and compliance agencies were “turning a blind eye” to alleged
practices that impacts on their own political masters. This long drawn out
tirade has to stop. Writers John Uri asks, “who is corrupting the system” and
Tangi Tuara adds, “people in power are abusing that power because they know
people won’t stand up to that abuse”. But the question remains is, “how can one
stop this powerful government machinery where the people entrusted to be
vigilant and report such anomalies are the very people protecting their
a Commission of Inquiry and lodging multiple complaints becomes pointless as
these are ignored and diverted so that it becomes totally impossible and costly
formation of ICAC or an Independent Commission Against Corruption the only
alternative? This will ultimately require Government support and like the To
Tatou Vai public petition to Parliament and the support for political reform,
it will be cast aside.
the question, are we living in a real democracy or a controlled democracy?