PNM GOV’T MORE CORRUPT THAN UNC!

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People are saying that while Dr Keith Rowley over the past five years has been talking over and over about how the former PP gov­ernment under Kamla Persad-Bissessar was corrupt, his administration appears to be more corrupt.

They say that Rowley prom­ised in 2015 to end corruption but according to the latest data from Transparency International nothing has changed, except pos­sibly for the worse.
According to the latest Cor­ruption Perception Index (CPI), T&T has been placed 85 out of 150 countries in 2019.
The CPI ranks countries and territories by their perceived lev­els of public sector corruption, according to experts and busi­ness people.
The index uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly cor­rupt and 100 very clean.
In 2018 CPI, T&T rated a score of 41 and was ranked 78.
CPI chairman of T&T Trans­parency Institute Dion Abdool said the average score for CPI in 2019 was 43.
He said T&T also scored 41 in the 2017 CPI and was ranked
77th.
Abdool said since T&T is not going upwards and it seems to be a downward trend which the data set indicates.
He said the results clearly show that T&T needs to address the “corrupting role of big money in politics.”
People are asking why Finance Minister Colm Imbert has been holding back the public procure­ment legislation which he had promised to pass some four years ago and has done nothing about it to date save to appoint a Pro­curement Regulator. Imbert and his government also promised campaign finance reform but that too is in cold storage.
Even Local Government Min­ister Kazim Hosein has admitted corruption is existing at all lev­els of the Regional Corporations which he says must be stopped.