President David Granger has commissioned a Board of Inquiry (BoI) into the alleged firing of staff at the Department of Public Service.
Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams yesterday (June 13) presented the Instrument of Appointment to Lance Carberry, who will be heading the BoI. Carberry has one week, from Monday, June 17, to present his findings to President Granger.
Minister Hastings-Williams said the President has directed that the BoI be commissioned to investigate the allegations of misconduct, corruption, and improper behaviour against named public servants within the Department of Public Service.
“This is against the backdrop of purported services of certain staff within that Department and recent events which have been reported in the media. The BOI will advise the state on the veracity of allegations of corruption, misconduct, and improper behaviour against the named staff and will additionally make recommendations on any matter of concern arising from this investigation and make any recommendations as it deems fit and appropriate in the public’s interest,” she said.
The Minister of State noted that the investigation will be done in a fair and professional manner and she is confident that an unbiased report will be presented to the government. However, she said it is important that witnesses cooperate with the Chairman of the Board and be open and honest in their interaction.
“I can assure the nation of the integrity of the board. They can expect a fair and unbiased report. This inquiry, I am sure, will be conducted to the highest professional standards. It is vital for witnesses to give their testimonies. I urge all witnesses to cooperate. The government will provide all resources necessary to support the work of the BoI,” the Minister said.
Earlier today, Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that the employees are still employed with the Department but have been sent on administrative leave to facilitate the investigation.