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
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.