As we mark another United Nations day against corruption we are left in a conundrum, “The Corruption Conundrum”. In 2017, Transparency International ranked Trinidad and Tobago 77 out of 180 countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) with a score of 41/100 (0 being “highly corrupt” and 100 being “very clean"). We don’t need international agencies to tell us this information because we are well aware of our vicious, never-ending cycle of corruption.
The recent allegation against the Prime Minister for his involvement in the AV drilling Fake oil scandal brought forward by Dr. Moonilal raises serious doubt in the minds of the public as to the conduct of the ruling government. However, Dr. Moonilal is no stranger to this subject as he himself has bathed in corruption allegations, many of which have left doubts in the public mind as well. Presently, Trinidad and Tobago faces a crossroad regarding what the public believes: all politicians are thieves.
FFOS recalls the founding fathers of the late 50's, high priest of crime and close associate to Eric Williams, Johnny O'Halloran along with his partner in crime, former PNM chairman Francis Prevatt, who jointly lined their pockets with hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars through bribery, kickbacks and unlawful procurement strategies.
ALL Governments have carried on this tradition of treacherously milking the public purse.
- 1980 – $1.3M DC-9 Aircraft bribe;
- 1996 – 2001 – Piarco International Airport $2BN scandal;
- 2007 – Monteil $20M profit from HMB shares;
- 2008 – Udecott/Calder Hart, $820M;
- 2009 – $3M drapes for PM Residence;
- 2009 - $23BN bailout for CLICO;
- 2010 – SBCS GATE Fraud, $20M;
- 2010 - $400M for non-functional Coast Guard vessels;
- 2011 – Secret Scholarships, $45M;
- 2014 – Anil Robert’s $34M Life Sport fraud
- 2015 – $47.8M over 6 years for unoccupied Alexander Street building
- 2017 – Dr. Moonilal’s $200M contract bid-rigging
What is to become of our future if we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils? What a conundrum!
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