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Letter: SVG, what is the real scandal?
Published on June 9, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

What is the real scandal behind the passport law amendments in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)? This amendment validates and declares to have been lawful the various infractions to the passport act and makes the passport officers freed, acquitted, discharged and indemnified from all charges.

Such actions to indemnify from all charges not only raised eyebrows but also blood pressure. Some people’s eyebrows were jumping off their faces and the mercury was topping the thermometer.

On September 11, 2012, Canada imposed visas on SVG. The key reason why Canada has imposed visa requirements on SVG was unreliable travel documents. Canada clearly stated that criminals who were removed from Canada as security risks later returned using different passports.

There has also been the fiasco of the former deputy consul general in New York (NY), Edson Augustus, and the reason given for his recall. According to the government, he acted outside the scope of his employment and is inimical to the consulate general and government and people of SVG. In addition, the auditor general report states that the NY consulate records are devoid of supporting documentation, private receipt books were used instead of official receipt books, and excess fees were collected for passports.

Then there was also the burning of thousands of passports. Now this amendment is for any passport issued for a period of more than five years prior to the commencement of this new law and the regulations made under the principal act.

When I see all these legal terms such as acquitted, discharged and indemnified being batted about and no charges were brought against the officials, I am asking what the real scandal is? Well, I am then asking whether nonfeasance, misfeasance, and malfeasance are all involved in this case.

To this end, did the government fail to do their legal duty to prosecute people for possible or known corruption? As in the case of nonfeasance!

Or did the government bring a proper act (the bill) to validate possible or known corruption? Which can be termed misfeasance!

By bringing and possibly passing this bill, will the government be conducting malfeasance? As in affirming possible or known corruption!

Is this another case of bringing a bill as part of cover your assets (CYA) program? Who are they trying to protect with this installment of CYA? SVG, is the real scandal “corruption” and “CYA”?

I must state that 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiast said it best, “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it!”

When are we going to return common sense to SVG?

Peace and justice and get real.

Lenford O’Garro
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Marlon Mills:

Whether nonfeasance, misfeasance or malfeasance, the long and short of it is that honest law abiding Vincentians are paying the price for acts of corruption that we have no dealing with. Meanwhile the perpetrators are sliding past borders with their various diplomatic passports while travelling first class at Vincentian taxpayers expense.

Peter Binose:

Dear Lenford, the danger is that this is all a smoke screen to take our mind off of the main audit, which shows there may well be $850 million missing, or disrepency in the figures, with $53 million in one section alone.

The Ministry of Finance figures do not match the official Auditors figures.

I just hope this is not part of the Maurice Bishop syndrome, whereby two sets of books were kept to deceive lenders like the World Bank and the IMF.

My mind works overtime when we have the PM telling us he is here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop, what does that mean?


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