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The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) must immediately investigate what level of influence was exerted to allow the husband of its subject minister to cash in on millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts, says Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Doraisami.The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Monday called for such a probe to be launched by the Integrity Commission, but that body is currently unable to carry out investigations because it is not staffed with investigators.Junior Minister of Communities with responsibility for the housing sector, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood is coming in for harsh criticisms over revelations that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood was given three contracts in 2017 to construct houses for the CH&PA.Minister Patterson-Yearwood has since insisted that she was unaware her husband was bidding for the projects and that she had no input in the process.But the Integrity Commission Chairman says the public cannot take her word for it.“The only way you can know the truth, you have to do an investigation within CHPA: those that looked at the contract, those who get to have a final say. I don’t know if the minister has any say…if it is that she has some say, then one could take it to mean that she would have known that her husband has a contract with them,” Doraisami told Guyana Times during an exclusive telephone interview.“Terrible thing”From newspaper reports, Doraisami believes that the issue is a clear conflict of interest and that there is enough reason to suspect that the minister knew her husband was bidding for the projects which fall under her watch.“There must be reasonable suspicion that she would have somehow known that he was getting this contract, she being married to him. It would appear that some form of bias would have influenced the giving of the contract, if that is the case, then it’s a terrible thing to happen,” Doraisami, a former land court judge, stated.CH&PA Director, Lelon Saul admitted that the issue is a conflict of interest. In brief comments to media operatives when the news first broke, Saul said “if the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest.”While not providing much details, the CH&PA Head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation.“The award of contract is above my level. But I think the (CH&PA) Board should review that (awarding process) based on recommendations coming from the agency,” Saul asserted.Breach of Integrity Commission ActIn fact, he contended that if the mere fact that the husband of a minister received so many contracts from the agency which the same minister oversees, represents a case of conflict of interest, which is a breach of the Code of Conduct enshrined in Integrity Commission Act.Asked pointedly if the situation constitutes a breach of the Integrity Commission Act, Doraisami said “yes, conflict of interest is one of the Articles of the Code of Conduct.”Under that Article, it states that “a person in public life shall declare any conflict of interest in writing to the relevant authority as soon as possible after becoming aware of the conflict of interest.”It is unclear whether Minister Patterson-Yearwood did as mandated under the Integrity Commission Act.In fact, the issue was only brought to light by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during one of his weekly press conferences.The Act further states that “a person in public life shall, in order to protect and uphold the public interest, take reasonable steps to avoid, resolve and disclose any material conflict of interest, financial or nonfinancial, that arises or is likely to arise between his or her personal interests and his or her official duties.”Furthermore, the Code of Conduct has ten guiding principles, three of which relate to integrity, responsibility and transparency.The codes state that “a person in public life and members of his family shall upon assumption of office declare their private interests relating to the duties of the public official, and assets…”It further states that “a person in public life shall have a basic responsibility to take decisions solely in the national interest without any benefit of personal gain, or material benefit for themselves, their family, friends and associates.”The code also states that “a person in public life shall exercise his or her public decisions and actions with full and frank disclosure and shall provide when demanded by the public an explanation for his or her actions and decisions.”From all indications, Minister Patterson-Yearwood is in breach.However, the Act is silent on penalties, and this was one of the main flaws raised by the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) before the government passed it in the National Assembly in 2017.Three contractsDays after it was revealed that her husband was awarded a contract by the CH&PA, the Minister remained silent on the matter.It was only on Monday, through a statement published on the website of the Department of Public Information, Minister Patterson-Yearwood admitted that her husband was given three contracts by the CH&PA in 2017.She admitted that one of these contracts is still outstanding, but is expected to be concluded in two weeks’ time.The Minister insists that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was subjected to the same rules and regulations as other bidders; there was no exemption.She also took care to note that the contracts had been awarded by the CH&PA Board of Directors, of which she is not a member.She, moreover, denied presiding over any contracts, though she did admit to being present during contract signings.InvestigatorsThe Integrity Commission could have investigated this matter but it is currently without the necessary staff to do so, even more than one year after it was established.The Chairman said the body is in the process of putting together a job description and it will soon be advertising the vacancies.The GTUC, in a statement Monday, had called for the Integrity Commission to investigate this matter. However, the Union recognised that the Commission lacks the capacity to do so, and has therefore called on the government to address this matter urgently.Noting that institutions cannot be put in place with no teeth to function, GTUC has called for a drive to fully staff not only the Integrity Commission, but other investigative arms of the State.
The G.A.A supporters from Raphoe wish to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to everybody who supported and sponsored the buntings and flags for the successful Donegal G.A.A team and their manager Jim Mc Guinness. We wish to acknowledge each of the following for sponsoring these decorations:Convoy Pharmacy, John Duffy Butchers, Bernard Mc Carron Butchers,James McGuire Fruit & Veg, T.C Quinn Transport, Jim O’ Brien Transport,James Dunne Livestock Haulier, Devindar’s Boutique, North-West Animal Collection, Conor Mc Granaghan The Diamond Bar; Joe Magee Hendersons Garage, Kathleen Towey, Stephen Barron, Edward Browne Ltd Agricultural Consultants, Friel’s Hotel, Mc Granaghan’s XL Shop, ABC Marquee Hire, Christy & Margaret at Raphoe Pharmacy, Gary & Simon Mc Bride, S.O.S Tyre Services, Aiden Mc Carron, Barney Harkin, Tommy Mc Gee, Emmett O’ Kane, Eamonn Connelly,Rocky Mc Carron, Danny Martin, Raymond Page, Raphoe Community in Action, Martin Laird Tidy Towns Team and Reynolds of Raphoe.A special word of thanks is being extended to St Mary’s G.A.A., Convoy, Yvonne Morgan of Gaelic Direct and to Garda Denise Casserly for all their help and assistance.W would wish that this will be accepted by everyone and we are sorry if we have inadvertently left anyone out.We would also like to congratulate Chloe Magee on her outstanding achievement in the Olympics and for the pride that she brought the people of Raphoe. She is indeed a great ambassador for Donegal. Keep up the good work and we will see you in Rio in 2016!The money raised was €610. Our expenses were €350. We intend to donate the remainder (€260) to the Friday Club, Volt House, Raphoe.Finally, we would like to congratulate Jim Mc Guinness, the Donegal Team and The County Board for that memorable Sunday evening! Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 20 years for Sam to return!!Signed: Brendan Gillen GAA: RAPHOE GAA SUPPORTERS SAY ‘THANKS’ was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: RAPHOE GAA SUPPORTERS SAY ‘THANKS’