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The Vincentian Parliament in session in April 2019. (iWN photo)
The Vincentian Parliament in session in April 2019. (iWN photo)
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Parliament was dissolved last Friday without lawmakers being presented with audited statements of government accounts for any of its five-year life span.

Incumbent MP for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock made that observation to lawmakers on Thursday, when Parliament last met.

His comments came as Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker laid before the house the report of the Director of Audit for 2014.

The report is an audit of government spending during the life of a parliament that ended in November 2015.

And, over the years, Leacock had been making the point that with audits six or seven years behind schedule, parliaments would be voted into and leave office without an audit of any one year of its five-year tenure.

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Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Leacock said:

“I wish, Mr. Speaker to point out that while we recognise the valuable work of the Director of Audit in having this 2014 report presented here, against the background that we have come to the end of this parliamentary life, it still represents a situation where we have no audits of this administration for 2015, 16, 17, 18, 19.  We are, in fact, receiving reports of a previous government.”

Leacock said that it is urgent that going forward, Parliament commits to have audited reports for government during their periods of stewardship.

“And we must make a conscious effort to fast-track this process by at least three years.”

Leacock suggested that the next administration provide the office of the Director of Audit, with resources “for at least the year 2017 while they are catching up with [2015], so that there is some accountability within the lifespan of a government.

“We cannot continue to function this way with an absence of accountability. It is urgent that a stand be taken on these reports,” he said.   

2 replies on “Gov’t term ends with no audit for 2015-2020”

  1. In my retrospection of the past and by Ralph Gonsalves telling us that he is our PAPA and thus behaving as if he is the Lord and master of St Vincent and the Grenadines, one has to ask oneself this; does Ralph Gonsalves truly hates us?

    Indeed, while telling us that no matter which court in the world we go to on any presumed assumption of abuse, that we will always having to return to him as PAPA for any redress, such expresses nothing but contempt for any Vincentian dignity or even any assumed freedom of choice on our part, such while he is always pretending to be benevolent.

    For sure by his dictatorial and autocratic behaviour, Ralph Gonsalves exudes what could only be expressed as utter contempt for us the Vincentian people and their institutions, including any accountability to Parliament, which causes one to remember that quote of Samuel Jonson;

    “Contempt” he said “is a kind of gangrene which if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.”

    Indeed therefore, Ralph Gonsalves’s contempt for Vincentian institutions and thus for us Vincentians, is entirely our own fault. Why? Because he and his ruling family and cronies are but only a few and we for our part are the many, yet we allow these gross abuses!

  2. Some people think that they are completely autonomous and they are not, and do not have to answer to anyone. Is this an Authoritarian country ?

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