The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) today released the first draft of its Integrity Commission Bill which it said would help to curb rampant corruption in Barbados.
The BLP’s trio of Dale Marshall, Ralph Thorne and Wilfred Abrahams shared sections of the document during a press conference at the office of the Leader of the Opposition.
The bill, which was drafted with counsel from Sir David Simmons; Leslie Haynes, QC; Gregory Nicholls and Stewart Mottley, will see the establishment of a six-member commission which will be allotted investigative powers to inspect reports of corruption. It also has provisions to ensure the protection of whistle blowers.
Under the bill, which the BLP said would be introduced if it forms the next Government, people guilty of corruption will face jail sentences and fines as high as $500, 000.
Marshall said that after bringing the Integrity Commission Bill to Parliament, the 1929 Prevention of Corruption Act will be scrapped from the statue books.
Meantime, Abrahams said the bill will usher in a new regime of transparency and accountability in Barbados.
“Until and unless someone in public office is properly investigated and has to face the consequences of their actions, people are not going to have faith that anything is being done,” he said.
“The foolishness in Barbados has to stop now, the rampant and obvious corruption has to stop now . . . and we will lay it before parliament on our first sitting as a new government,” Abrahams added.