In this regard, the private sector organization claimed that the “careless or purposeful omission” had damaged the office’s reputation, especially in light of the commission’s crucial role in holding public officials to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
If it turns out that the Integrity Commission’s procedures are ineffective or incompetent, the PSOJ stated, “we must know, and repercussions must follow, including, but not limited to, the resignation of whoever is responsible.”
Oniel Grant, president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), also spoke on the subject and said it was important to carefully consider the identification of individuals by the IC who was allegedly implicated in acts of corruption.
“The existence of a report naming public officials in acts of corruption not only damages the individual but also the institution of Government,” the JCSA head said in a statement to the media on Friday. “The completion of the process leading to the laying of charges is incomplete, or when a report is shared publicly in a preliminary fashion when the matter was not previously in the public domain.”
Daryl Vaz and Robert Morgan, both cabinet ministers, have joined those criticizing the IC for releasing the findings and then allegedly delaying the decision exonerating Holness, while simultaneously attacking Christie.
Christie has also been urged to step down from the Integrity Commission or be removed from it by Young Jamaica, one of the JLP’s youth wings.
Despite Holness being cleared of any misconduct, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has also asked for prompt action to be done against individuals at the IC who were in charge of submitting the report.
Chuck asserted during a radio appearance that the study ought to have been shelved rather than tabled or made public.