The Public Disclosure Act stands as one on the few anti-corruption laws currently on the books in the Bahamas yet successive governments have notably faile
Recent revelations by the Public Disclosure Commission Chairman, Myles Laroda confirm that the work of his committee is on hold with no clear timeline for resumption in sight due to a mould infestation in their East Bay St. building. The Chairman’s implausible excuse for further delaying the enforcement of this long neglected law should send a strong signal to the public thatmore than mould is beginning to fester.
Further, this issue is very alarming, given that the deadline for initial disclosures for all current sitting Members of Parliament and Senators has now passed since August. Yet, the public has received no assurances on whether all of those government officials have complied with the Act to-date.
Citizens for a Better Bahamas calls on all citizens to reject theseunreasonable excuses and demand that the governmentimmediately make arrangements for the full and prompt enforcement of this important anti-corruption law. Corruption and lack of transparency has not only crippled our country, but has also been an affront to our democracy.
A modern democracy striving towards its fullness can only progress when the rule of law is respected and applies to all. Any government that intends to foster an environment of integrity, transparency and accountability must be seen to actpromptly and judiciously to uphold not only the laws whichgovern the masses but also themselves.