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and anyone found to be
participating in such
activities should feel the
full brunt of the law."
Khan said on May 9
that Cabinet agreed to
establish a committee to
review the programme.
He said about 600,000
recorded from a popula-
tion of 1.3 million and
that did not seem to be
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Leader of the Congress of the People
(COP) Prakash Ramadhar says any
member who fails to adhere to the
party s code of conduct will suffer the
consequences, which could include
removal from public office.
Ramadhar, who is also the Minister
of Legal Affairs, said that during a news
conference at the COP s Operations
Centre in Charlieville, Chaguanas, yes-
The new code of conduct, which is
soon to be ratified, will govern all mem-
bers of the party, including members
of state boards, local government rep-
resentatives and members of Parlia-
Ramadhar said the measure was
intended to ensure all members adhere
to the standards of the COP.
"We are saying, when you sign up
as a COP member, you know what is
expected of you and if you fall short
of that, there will be consequences for
it," Ramadhar said.
Code will discourage nepotism
Party chairman Carolyn Seepersad-
Bachan said the new code of conduct
will be ratified at a subsequent meet-
Seepersad-Bachan, who is also Public
Administration Minister, said the code
will govern the way members behave
on the campaign trail and will guide
their behaviour when they hold public
She said COP members must com-
mit to selflessness, and at no time must
they place themselves under any finan-
cial or other obligations to outside indi-
viduals or organisations that might
influence them in the performance of
their official duty.
She said there must be no political
patronage and nepotism in the appoint-
ment of boards.
She said all COP members will also
have to take an oath of allegiance.
CAL, case in point?
Asked if members who failed to abide
by the code will be asked to step down,
Ramadhar responded quickly: "Indeed,
in any sphere of (political) life, if the
COP has the authority to ask for your
removal, we d do so."
Ramadhar said the development was
not as a consequence of COP member
Rabindra Moonan being sacked as
chairman of Caribbean Airlines last
Friday. He said the thrust to finalise
the ethical code might have been
"accelerated somewhat" after that inci-
dent but it was in the pipeline for several
Responding to questions on the
changing of the CAL board, Ramadhar
said, "the ongoing hemorrhaging of
national funds (at CAL) was a matter
that needed to be attended to.
"The whole deal with Air Jamaica,
under the PNM administration, we re
not casting aspersions for the sake of
it but we need to challenge how we
arrived at where we are."
The Minister of Finance and the
Economy did the right thing by "taking
a very bold and manful approach in
taking direct control of that board," he
The new board, chaired by chartered
accountant Phillip Marshall, will estab-
lish a system of "improved financial
management" of the airline to ensure
its viability, he said.
The Congress of the
People is calling for a
forensic audit into the
Chronic Disease Assis-
(CDAP). The call was
made by the party s vice
chairman Nicole Dyer-
Griffith during a news
conference at the party s
Operations Centre in
Dyer-Griffith said the
party was in support of
Health Minister Dr Fuad
Khan s recent claims of
irregularities within the
programme, which is
intended to ensure the
"utmost importance" and
as a consequence called
for the forensic probe.
She said there appears
to be "systematic fraud"
in the CDAP.
Dyer-Griffith said no
one should be able to
"through systematic fraud
Party calls for CDAP probe
New code of ethics coming...
Bat in your crease,
COP members told
UNITED WAY'S DAY OF FUN
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