Archive for the ‘corruption’ Tag
A couple of things to say in support of Movado’s message.
The former police commissioner, Harley Lewin has said in a TV interview that Christopher “Dudus” Coke knew about the extradition request within “minutes” of it being disclosed to the JLP national security minister – Dwight Nelson. The implication being that Mr Nelson tipped off Dudus.
We already know that the Prime Minister himself staked his own reputation, putting himself on the line trying to protect Dudus from extradition, so it is no surprise in a way that Mr Nelson would also be implicated.
The other thing that has happened, is corruption within the finance ministry – as 250,000 USD was discovered to have been de-frauded.
Certainly, the system is not really working right now and change would be a move in the right direction.
I had some very bad news that someone I know was shot and killed by a soldier in Kingston, Jamaica. Having a look around, it seems there are a few problems with the Jamaica Defence Force worth looking into.
In a recent announcement, the acting commissioner of police, said that his priorities were to tackle corruption among soldiers under his command, restoring public confidence and upholding human rights.
A number of things lead him to make these his priorities.
Of course, there are countless more terrible deaths of soldiers shot trying to maintain peace in tense and violent communities.
But some of the same problems endemic in the police force are most certainly going on in the JDF too. Corruption, shootings and killings, as well as cover up.
This man, Vivian Blake was in a US federal prison, for eight years for being part of a notorious, violent drug gang called the Shower Posse. I have written about him on this blog before - see that post here.
Now I’ve come across him a few times today. Firstly because of the BET programme on him, as part of their American Gangster series – a longer movie is planned.
Blake was released and deported to Jamaica in January 2009. Here’s an interview he gave then.
Then there were rumours, written up here in The Star that he had been killed.
In response to that recent rumour, he talks about how he thinks the police, working on behalf of the politicians in Jamaica want him dead. Read what he says here.
This guy Blake is really making waves, he was a guest speaker at this ‘breakfast club’ event where the author of the article talks about attending a high level meeting on corruption in Jamaica.
If he is being targetted by the politicians and / or police, that says a lot about corruption in Jamaica but also about society. Blake is profitting now from his criminal lifestyle, in fame and fortune, his celebrity profile will probably protect him although nobody is untouchable, expecially in JA.
In a recent post, I was talking about the growth in drugs going through the airports within a harsher economic climate, the drugs business is reported to be flourishing. Read that post here.
Now the US state department has released a report on how corruption is undermining efforts at drug control. Read the 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report with regards to Jamaica here ….
What I was saying before was how at the airports, it’s because there’s somebody working there as to why the narcotics are getting through and this report not only confirms that, but that the corruption goes much further and efforts to tackle this are not going anywhere.
The Jamaican government could hurry up and set up a national corruption agency, but it’s stuck in the system – a bill to appoint a Special Prosecutor to try these crimes remains a bill in Parliament despite the Government’s legislative majority. Why is that?
Could it be that the government itself is paralysed by corruption perhaps?