Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 15:57:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Public official – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 Senior Official, Seven Others in $2 Billion Fraud Attempt in Edo https://dawnforgovernor.org/senior-official-seven-others-in-2-billion-fraud-attempt-in-edo/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 10:35:06 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/senior-official-seven-others-in-2-billion-fraud-attempt-in-edo/ The long arms of the law have caught up with eight suspects in Edo State who allegedly attempted to defraud the federal government of a whopping $2 billion (USD). The arrest, according to the State Police Command, followed a complaint received by its crack team on April 25, 2022, via […]]]>




The long arms of the law have caught up with eight suspects in Edo State who allegedly attempted to defraud the federal government of a whopping $2 billion (USD). The arrest, according to the State Police Command, followed a complaint received by its crack team on April 25, 2022, via a petition from Grand Chief Richard David, a representative of the Okpella community, in the Etsako Central local government area of ​​the state. .

Chidi Nwabuzor, Superintendent of Police, SP, and Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) told reporters on Tuesday that the suspects had, on July 14, 2021, appeared before the Complainant and his relatives and told them that they had Obtained Federal Government approval, through the Office of the Secretary of the Federation Government (SGF), to dispose of the two billion dollar worth of waste pipeline equipment. The said equipment was intended for the Okpella water project by the federal government under the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF).

According to Nwabuzor, “People in the community, who were apprehensive, wisely refused to evacuate the property. This action by Okpella residents, however, prompted one of the suspects to come to the Okpella police station to report that the community was refusing them to remove the items. During the investigation, the police discovered the facts through the confession of one of the suspects, who is a staff member of the Federal Ministry of Special and Intergovernmental Affairs in Abuja. Said suspect also admitted to falsifying the presidency’s approval for the operation’s auction documents.

The police spokesman said the investigation was complete and the suspects would soon be brought to justice.

Nwabuzor called on residents of the state to help the command by giving information on suspected criminals and criminal activity by “saying something, when they see something”.

Admitting to the crime, staff from the federal Department of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs and a senior administrative officer told reporters he was the “sole author” of the forged document. According to him, “I am the sole author of the false document which would come from the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF).

“The plan was a collaborative work between myself and the staff of IREK Engineering LTD, a company based here in Benin. Personally, I received the letter from the wrong side because the documents addressed to the Governor of Edo, the Edo Police Commissioner, as well as all relevant security agencies, were tampered with.

He revealed that the only money he got for his efforts in the whole process was ₦500,000 as a token of appreciation.

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Despite not ‘tolerating’ public official’s use of message deletion app, Court of Appeal finds no breach of Sunshine Act https://dawnforgovernor.org/despite-not-tolerating-public-officials-use-of-message-deletion-app-court-of-appeal-finds-no-breach-of-sunshine-act/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 17:26:15 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/despite-not-tolerating-public-officials-use-of-message-deletion-app-court-of-appeal-finds-no-breach-of-sunshine-act/ The case In 2017, the Kansas City Star revealed that then-Governor Eric Greitens and several of his senior staff were using the endangered text App Confide to communicate with each other. The app automatically deletes text messages from the sender’s mobile phone while sending the message and accordingly deletes that message from the recipient’s mobile […]]]>

The case

In 2017, the Kansas City Star revealed that then-Governor Eric Greitens and several of his senior staff were using the endangered text App Confide to communicate with each other. The app automatically deletes text messages from the sender’s mobile phone while sending the message and accordingly deletes that message from the recipient’s mobile phone once read.

Hearing of this, Ben Sansone and his Sunshine Project submitted a request under Missouri Sunshine Law, RSMo Section 610.010, et seq., trying to determine who was using the app, why, if the automatically deleted posts were about public affairs and seeking copies of messages sent using the app. The request was quickly followed by a lawsuit seeking the messages and claiming that use of the app violated Sunshine Law and Missouri’s Records Retention Act, RSMo, Chapter 109. The court in first instance ruled against Sansone, who then appealed.

On June 7, 2022, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri affirmed the trial court’s judgment against Sansone. Sansone v. Governor of MissouriWD84426 (Mo. App. WD 7 Jun 2022). The decision is available here. The appeals court noted that the former governor’s use of the app likely violated the spirit, but not the letter, of the Sunshine Act, stating “[n]Nothing in this notice should be taken to suggest that we condone the use of ephemeral messaging apps by public officials. But “until the legislature ‘updates’ Missouri’s Sunshine Law to account for cell phone technology and associated data, we cannot add words to the law to account for cell phone technology. Sansone. legit concerns about the use of ephemeral messaging apps by public officials. (Slip Op’n at 18 n. 7) (emphasis added).

Sansone and his lawyer said they would likely try to seek Supreme Court review.

The clothe

The Sunshine Law does not apply to ephemeral recordings

Because “[t]The Sunshine Act only requires government agencies to provide access to records then existing and in the possession or under the control of the agencies,” the court said: “[w]We need not decide whether messages exchanged by Greitens and his staff using Confide, and other data regarding the Governor’s Office’s use of Confide, constituted “public records” under [the Sunshine Law]. Even if the requested information were “public records,” Sansone’s request faces a distinct and insurmountable hurdle: …the messages and data Sansone seeks did not exist, were not in the possession of the governor’s office or were not recoverable at the time of his request. (Slip Op’n at 14-15).

The court held that the Sunshine Law was not a records retention law. Retention of records is covered in Section 109, RSMo. Although Sansone also asserted a claim under the Retention Act, the court held that Sansone’s claims under this law failed because, unlike the Sunshine Act, it did not create a right of private action. (Slip Op’n at 29-30).1 Only two provisions of the Sunshine Law, the court noted, require record keeping. Section 610.027.1 requires that recordings be retained when filing a lawsuit under the Sunshine Law, even if the applicability of the law to those recordings is disputed. Section 610.023.2 prohibits the deletion of a record without the written approval of the custodian. None of these provisions applied, the court said, because the records were “destroyed long before this lawsuit was filed,” and Sansone never claimed that they were never “deleted.” .. – indeed, he makes no argument that the data he seeks was ever physically located in the Governor’s office (Slip Op’n. at 16).

Sansone has not asserted any claims based on Section 610.025 of the Act. As the court noted, this section of the law “expressly designates as public records certain ‘messages[s] relating to public affairs” which “transmit[ted] . . . by electronic means” and requires that such messages be forwarded to the agency’s records repository or the sender’s “public office computer”, where they would be retained. (Slip Op’n at 16-17). Since Sansone never raised this issue, the court did not consider the potential applicability of this provision, which the governor had not followed and the application prevented from being followed. (Identifier.).

Personal mobile phone numbers of public employees exempt from disclosure

Sansone also requested disclosure of the Governor’s personal cell phone number. The parties agreed that a government-issued cell phone number would be an open file subject to disclosure under the law. However, the court agreed with the governor that it was appropriate to withhold his personal cell phone number pursuant to Section 610.021(13) of the Sunshine Act, which exempts individually identifiable personal records, since such information would make an “employee susceptible to harassment or having their cell phone account hacked, which could lead hackers to access a wealth of highly personal information and use that information for fraudulent and/or criminal purposes (Slip Op’n at 25).

Conclusion

While the appeals court criticized the governor’s use of the Confide app and its potential to impede government transparency under the Sunshine Act, it found itself constrained by language in the Sunshine Act that does not applies only to records existing at the time of a request. and retention law provisions that do not include any private right of enforcement. As the court noted, “it is not lost on this court that a public official’s use of the Confide app has the practical effect of circumventing the scope of Missouri’s Sunshine Law through ephemeral messaging apps.” that delete communications before any request for disclosure can be made. And, as Sansone’s attorney noted during oral argument in this case, it may be time to “update” Missouri’s Sunshine Law which was originally enacted in 1973 – long before technology cell phones existed, and likewise, long before ephemeral messaging apps existed. But, it is not within the power of the judicial branch of government to “create” statutory law; this power belongs to the legislative branch of government. (Slip Op’n at 18 n. 7).

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Cooktown man accused of importing fake AFP badges, posing as public official https://dawnforgovernor.org/cooktown-man-accused-of-importing-fake-afp-badges-posing-as-public-official/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 01:45:38 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/cooktown-man-accused-of-importing-fake-afp-badges-posing-as-public-official/ A 66-year-old Cooktown man appeared in court this week in a nationwide counterterrorism investigation. At Cooktown Circuit Court yesterday he was charged with impersonating a Commonwealth official and importing fake Australian Federal Police (AFP) badges. 470 police badges were found dumped in a creek in Cairns in August last year. ##IAA1## Following the discovery, a […]]]>

A 66-year-old Cooktown man appeared in court this week in a nationwide counterterrorism investigation.

At Cooktown Circuit Court yesterday he was charged with impersonating a Commonwealth official and importing fake Australian Federal Police (AFP) badges.

470 police badges were found dumped in a creek in Cairns in August last year.

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Following the discovery, a counter-terrorism team also carried out a search warrant at a house in Cairns.

The ongoing investigation is being led by AFP, the Queensland Police Service and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Police allege the Cooktown man was a member of a group involved in a fake video falsely claiming to be from AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw.

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The video, which circulated on social media, revealed plans to overthrow the federal government.

AFP Deputy Commissioner for Counter-Terrorism Scott Lee said the AFP was continuing its investigation and that this week’s arrest reflected the seriousness of the offences.

“While there is no evidence that the group had the capacity to commit specific acts of violence, AFP and its partners take all threats of this nature seriously,” Deputy Commissioner Lee said.

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As part of that investigation, a Perth man was charged in August and a Peterborough woman was charged in September.

It will be alleged that the Cooktown man took delivery of a consignment of 500 counterfeit AFP badges from China – 470 of which were recovered in Cairns.

He was released on bail and is due to appear in court on July 13.

The maximum penalty for the alleged offenses is two years imprisonment.

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Extra Extra: It seems you can accuse a civil servant of being ‘Banksy’ so aggressively that they resign in frustration https://dawnforgovernor.org/extra-extra-it-seems-you-can-accuse-a-civil-servant-of-being-banksy-so-aggressively-that-they-resign-in-frustration/ Fri, 27 May 2022 20:00:53 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/extra-extra-it-seems-you-can-accuse-a-civil-servant-of-being-banksy-so-aggressively-that-they-resign-in-frustration/ Good Friday afternoon in New York, where we are for a little rain and then a BEAUTIFUL long weekend. Here’s what else is going on: A 16-year-old boy in Bellport, Long Island, was arrested last night for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at his high school today. The New York Times has a […]]]>

Good Friday afternoon in New York, where we are for a little rain and then a BEAUTIFUL long weekend. Here’s what else is going on:

  • A 16-year-old boy in Bellport, Long Island, was arrested last night for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at his high school today.
  • The New York Times has a long article on Jumaane Williams particularly calm gubernatorial campaign and how the progressive public defender’s race was complicated by his wife’s cancer treatments and the premature birth of their daughter.
  • New York City Access-a-Ride users push back against MTA requirements that they show up in person for physical fitness evaluations to prove they are sufficiently handicapped qualify for the program, arguing that it is both humiliating and a waste of time.
  • NYU Financial Aid Office Chief Sued for widespread sexual harassment.
  • A former Chelsea resident who moved to Hudson in 2005 and became an anti-gentrification activist takes heat for putting her townhouse down on Airbnb.
  • Recently declassified federal documents give a small glimpse of how the White House would go about trying to keep control of the country in the event of a near apocalyptic event.
  • The new viral TikTok trend among personal finance influencers is saving money in an empty liquor bottle, then crush it and show how much you have in there.
  • A councilor in a small town in West Wales has resigned from his post after being accused of being Banksy. (He insists he’s not Banksy.)
  • Unfortunately, they won’t let Harry and Meghan bring their Netflix reality show Diamond Jubilee cameras.
  • Jon Hamm likes to be in advertising!
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The most senior official implicated in the partygate scandal https://dawnforgovernor.org/the-most-senior-official-implicated-in-the-partygate-scandal/ Tue, 24 May 2022 20:14:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/the-most-senior-official-implicated-in-the-partygate-scandal/ Mr Case studied history at the University of Cambridge and then undertook a doctorate at Queen Mary University of London where he completed a dissertation on the contribution the Joint Intelligence Committee has made to UK policy on the Germany at the start of the Cold War. After his doctorate, he joined the civil service […]]]>

Mr Case studied history at the University of Cambridge and then undertook a doctorate at Queen Mary University of London where he completed a dissertation on the contribution the Joint Intelligence Committee has made to UK policy on the Germany at the start of the Cold War.

After his doctorate, he joined the civil service in 2006 and worked for GCHQ, becoming the cyber agency’s director of strategy. He has also held positions in the Northern Ireland Office and the Cabinet Office, where he was Director of the Implementation Group.

He worked as a private secretary in Downing Street, then led Whitehall’s preparations for Brexit.

As Director General for Northern Ireland and Ireland in the former EU Exit Department, he was tasked with trying to resolve the thorny issue of the Northern Irish border in Brexit talks.

His appointment as Prince William’s closest adviser in 2018 was seen at the time as a signal of the Duke’s intentions for his future work as a full-time royal, with him increasingly supporting the Queen and meeting world leaders in an official capacity.

Mr Case was then brought back into public service in April 2020 as part of the Government’s drive to step up efforts to fight coronavirus by deploying their brightest and best minds on the issue.

He has been asked to lead the Cabinet Office’s work to ensure the “unprotected vulnerable”, including food bank users and potential victims of domestic violence, receive adequate support during lockdown.

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Bill Denihan, ‘accomplished administrator and civil servant’, dies at 85 https://dawnforgovernor.org/bill-denihan-accomplished-administrator-and-civil-servant-dies-at-85/ Tue, 24 May 2022 01:11:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/bill-denihan-accomplished-administrator-and-civil-servant-dies-at-85/ CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bill Denihan, longtime Cuyahoga County official and mental health and addictions advocate, died Monday at age 85. His wife, Mary, confirmed the news in a post on his Facebook page, saying he was suffering from “insurmountable health problems” following a heart attack on May 12. “Bill was an incredible human being. He […]]]>

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Bill Denihan, longtime Cuyahoga County official and mental health and addictions advocate, died Monday at age 85.

His wife, Mary, confirmed the news in a post on his Facebook page, saying he was suffering from “insurmountable health problems” following a heart attack on May 12.

“Bill was an incredible human being. He loved making a meaningful difference in people’s lives,” she wrote, calling on his friends and those who knew him to share their own memories and stories of “all the good he did for our community.”

Denihan was last CEO of the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services Council, which he helped create in 2009 and led for 15 years before retiring in 2017 at the age of 80. years.

At left, Bill Denihan gives instructions to Anthony Jenkins Saturday, March 8, 2008 during an art class at Joseph’s Home. The class is designed to help men with their self-esteem. (Lonnie Timmons III / Ordinary Merchant)The ordinary merchant

But his career in public service goes back much further.

He served as executive director of the county’s Division of Child and Family Services from 1999 to 2001, “advocating for changes that have strengthened our social work and support services practices,” the county said in a statement. press release Monday evening, acknowledging his death.

He also held many other titles, including:

  • First Executive Director of the State Employee Relations Board of Ohio
  • Acting Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Personnel Director, for both Ohio and Cuyahoga County
  • Deputy Administrator and Director of State Claims for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Chairman of the Nuclear Power Evacuation Plan for Ohio
  • City of Cleveland Public Service Director
  • Highway Safety Director for Ohio, in charge of the Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • Cleveland Public Safety Director
  • Acting Cleveland Police Chief
  • President of the Mental Health Intervention Advisory Committee
  • CEO of former Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board

County Executive Armond Budish called him “the consummate administrator and public servant,” in an emailed statement.

“He showed his respect for people and service every day,” Budish said. “His versatility and leadership skills have enabled him to work at almost all levels and areas of government. His wisdom and advocacy will be missed.

The Cleveland City Council also held a moment of silence for Denihan during Monday’s meeting.

Denihan had 11 children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren who “were the light of his life” and “the best legacy a person could have,” his wife wrote.

“There was only one Bill Denihan, and I’m privileged that he loves me as much as I love him,” she said.

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Lutchmedial seeks $1.8 million paid to official https://dawnforgovernor.org/lutchmedial-seeks-1-8-million-paid-to-official/ Wed, 18 May 2022 01:50:15 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/lutchmedial-seeks-1-8-million-paid-to-official/ News Sean Douglas 19 hours ago UNC Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial. FILE PICTURE OPPOSITION Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedia has raised questions about a public entity paying $1.8 million into a senior government official’s credit union account. His allegations were contained in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday. She said the payment was disclosed in a […]]]>

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UNC Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial. FILE PICTURE

OPPOSITION Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedia has raised questions about a public entity paying $1.8 million into a senior government official’s credit union account. His allegations were contained in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

She said the payment was disclosed in a source of funds declaration form. Lutchmedial said the form was leaked, along with two award letters from the public body, as well as the personal identification of a woman involved in the transaction.

The senator said a check from the public body was also discovered and was made payable directly to the credit union. The letters of attribution were made to a relative of the public official and were provided to support the claim, Lutchmedia said.

Lutchmedial said the award letters amounted to $1.1 million.

She said the case should get the attention of the Prime Minister, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the TTPS.

Lutchmedial asked if the award letters were followed by a contract, why was the public body disbursing funds directly to the credit union, why was there a difference between the two sums and was the transaction reported to the Inland Revenue Division and the Integrity Commission?

Newsday attempted to get a comment from the official named by Lutchmedial, but calls to the official’s cellphone went unanswered and there were no responses to text messages and WhatsApp messages sent to the official’s cellphone.

Lutchmedial, the Trinidad Express newspaper and journalist Anna Ramdass have all been sued by Minister for Youth Development and National Service Foster Cummings, over a special branch report written in 2019 when he was a government senator.

Following allegations raised by Lutchmedial as it referenced the secret Special Branch report, Cummings was defended by the Prime Minister after calls were made for Cummings to be sacked from the Cabinet.

Dr Rowley clarified that he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing.

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Here’s what to do if a public official blocks you on social media https://dawnforgovernor.org/heres-what-to-do-if-a-public-official-blocks-you-on-social-media/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:48:50 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/heres-what-to-do-if-a-public-official-blocks-you-on-social-media/ What to do if a public official blocks you on social networks? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has created new tools to help people recognize censorship by public officials and take action to address it. Censorship by public officials “has been a concern as we have heard of government officials across the country inappropriately […]]]>

What to do if a public official blocks you on social networks? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has created new tools to help people recognize censorship by public officials and take action to address it.

Censorship by public officials “has been a concern as we have heard of government officials across the country inappropriately blocking people,” said Veronica Fowler, director of communications for the ACLU of the ‘Iowa. “As we explain in the documents, it is not constitutional.”

The ACLU offers a step by step guide and flowchart help determine if a person’s constitutional rights have been violated. The ACLU also provides a sample letter for those who have been censored to send to their public official and a list of frequently asked questions regarding censorship.

Public officials are increasingly using Facebook, Twitter, Zoom and other social media platforms to share information related to government business. These functions subject their page to First Amendment protections, meaning they can’t block accounts or delete comments just because they disagree.

Shefali Aurora is an attorney for the ACLU of Iowa. (Photo courtesy of the ACLU of Iowa)

“Different forums get different levels of protection,” said Shefali Aurora, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Iowa. “When a government official uses this type of public platform to communicate with constituents or in their official government role, it is considered a public forum, and in a public forum, the First Amendment protections would apply. “

Officials on both sides of the aisle tried to block criticism. In 2017, a lawsuit was filed in federal court against former President Donald Trump after he blocked accounts for posting comments opposing his administration.

The court determined that Trump’s Twitter account served as a public forum under the First Amendment and was therefore unable to exclude viewpoint-based comments. Shortly after the ruling, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., faced two lawsuits after blocking criticism from her Twitter account.

What is a government social media account?

To determine whether or not a page is a government account, Aurora said it comes down to the primary use of a social media page.

Common features of a social media account conducting government business often include email addresses as well as links and addresses to the public official’s office. In addition, public accounts often display government symbols, information about government functions, and bear the official title of the office holder on the account.

“It really depends on how they primarily use it, because they can still post family information to a government account,” Aurora said. “If they use it primarily to conduct government business, engage with constituents, update constituents and interact with them; then it would lean more towards an official government account on a public forum.

The mere fact that a public official has an account on a social network does not automatically qualify it as a public account. Public officials are always entitled to privacy, which creates gray areas. If a public official uses an account primarily for personal purposes such as family or self-interest photos, the First Amendment protections do not apply to those who are prevented from viewing or commenting on the site. Aurora said the ACLU of Iowa was not aware of any instances of censorship.

Government officials are able to block narrowly defined forms of speech such as real and immediate threats, incitement to imminent lawless action, or obscene material. Additionally, Aurora said officials could have a neutral content and viewpoint policy for their social media pages.

Campaign accounts can upgrade to government accounts

There is a difference between campaign accounts and official government accounts. During a campaign, the candidate is not an official government actor, which allows campaign accounts to limit followers.

“Sometimes a page may be created and then evolve into an official government page if the person is elected,” Aurora said. “That could change.”

In 2020, 99% of US senators and 98% of US representatives posted on Twitter while 100% of congressmen used Facebook, according to Statistical.

“These days, social media has become a crucial way for voters to communicate with their elected officials,” Aurora said. “More than ever, elected officials and government agencies are also using social media to communicate with their constituents and the public, so it’s extremely important that people know their rights are protected on social media.”

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MPs argue over official who allegedly attended house calls during PQ’s first session in parliament https://dawnforgovernor.org/mps-argue-over-official-who-allegedly-attended-house-calls-during-pqs-first-session-in-parliament/ Mon, 16 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/mps-argue-over-official-who-allegedly-attended-house-calls-during-pqs-first-session-in-parliament/ Social Justice and Solidarity, Family and Children’s Rights Minister Michael Falzon slammed PN MP Claudette Buttigieg for a question she asked about a minister’s partner, while ‘She never mentioned the names of said minister or his partner. The argument occurred in the very first parliamentary question session of this legislature, in a question posed by […]]]>


Social Justice and Solidarity, Family and Children’s Rights Minister Michael Falzon slammed PN MP Claudette Buttigieg for a question she asked about a minister’s partner, while ‘She never mentioned the names of said minister or his partner.

The argument occurred in the very first parliamentary question session of this legislature, in a question posed by Buttigieg.

Buttigieg asked if anyone, whose details were attached in a separate document, had taken time off from work so they could attend house calls or participate directly in a cabinet minister’s election campaign.

She went on to ask if, if at all, the Minister considered it appropriate for someone who held a sensitive position as Director of Vulnerable Child and Family Services to participate in partisan political events that could undermine clients’ trust in services. .

Falzon replied that the person mentioned in the parliamentary question had always carried out his duties diligently, despite being the partner of a minister. He added that she had never acted in a way that compromised her duties.

Falzon said the PN was once again resorting to personal attacks, this time instead of partnering with a minister.

Buttigieg said she never referred to the person in question as a minister’s partner, and Falzon is the one who revealed that through her response.

The family minister said it was obvious who Buttigieg was referring to.

The person in question was the head of a civil service branch, it was said.

PN MP Karol Aquilina said that the civil service code of ethics stipulated in clause 21 that civil servants should be politically impartial both in their office and in their public life and questioned whether this clause had been violated. Falzon said he had no further comment.

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BVI governance is very poor at public elected level – Sir Gary https://dawnforgovernor.org/bvi-governance-is-very-poor-at-public-elected-level-sir-gary/ Thu, 12 May 2022 22:44:50 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/bvi-governance-is-very-poor-at-public-elected-level-sir-gary/ in All News / By: BVI News May 12, 2022 8:00 AM / Commissioner of Inquiry, the Right Honorable Sir Gary Hickinbottom. Sir Gary Hickinbottom concluded that governance under the control of elected public officials in BVIs is uniformly very poor and lacks checks and balances. The now-completed United Kingdom (UK) appointed Commissioner of Inquiry […]]]>

Commissioner of Inquiry, the Right Honorable Sir Gary Hickinbottom.

Sir Gary Hickinbottom concluded that governance under the control of elected public officials in BVIs is uniformly very poor and lacks checks and balances.

The now-completed United Kingdom (UK) appointed Commissioner of Inquiry (COI) reached this conclusion in its report which was presented to Governor John Rankin several weeks ago.

“With few exceptions, the evidence received by the COI shows that governance in areas of BVI government under the control of elected officials is, at best, very poor,” Sir Gary said in his report.

According to Sir Gary, principles of governance such as openness and transparency were not simply absent, but were positively avoided.

He said proper procedures were not only lacking, but either grossly inadequate for their purpose or being ignored or circumvented.

The evidence is overwhelming

Sir Gary found that the evidence was overwhelming on this front and extended to almost all areas of government.

As examples, he cited the registration of interests, the distribution of public funds in the form of grants, the making and enforcement of contracts, statutory councils, the disposal of Crown lands and the status of residence. and property.

Sir Gary said the evidence suggests this attitude to principles of governance was pervasive throughout the BVI government under the control of elected ministers.

Sir Gary found that this had been the case for several years and in several different governing administrations.

The commissioner added that while some witnesses who appeared before the IC were determined to focus on the changes being made or contemplated, that in itself was an admission that all was not well.

Sir Gary said former prime minister Andrew Fahie and elected ministers said this governance failure was largely a consequence of shortcomings in the civil service.

At the time, the government said the civil service was underqualified, undertrained, underfunded and outdated due to the neglect of successive governors. Under the constitution, BVI governors traditionally have responsibility for public service.

But Sir Gary said he had found no cases to support this government-constructed narrative.

“Ministers-elect offer no other substantive explanation for the alarming state of governance,” Sir Gary noted.

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