President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala resigned Thursday and will face charges in the customs scandal that has destroyed his government and mobilized ordinary citizens to protest against the sleaze. – The FCPA Blog
The news that President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala resigned today (September 3, 2015) is interesting for many reasons. Will Barbadians in the near future be able to hold public officials accountable for suffering indiscretions in office to force resignations? BU is of the view sitting Speaker of the House Michael Carrington should have been forced to resign for bringing the position of Speaker into disrepute, a breach of public trust, stealing funds owed to a septuagenarian client. It was a downright immoral act, and every day he occupies the Speaker’s Chair it shows the mock sport we continue to make at our governance system.
The CLICO Heist is regarded by many as the biggest theft to have been perpetrated by politicians, private individuals, private companies and public servants on Barbadians. Yet a boy has not spent a day. Barbadians travel the world representing themselves as coming from one of the most democratic and least corrupt nations in the world. We appear low on global corruption indices. We scoff at countries in Latin and Central America given their tenuous models of government. It seems we are still to learn from them how to hold individuals and companies who commit crime or betray public trust to account. Does anybody believe our politicians and others who hold public office have never committed a wrong deserving of serious punishment?
It appears on the face of it the Cahill Waste to Energy transactions smells funny. We shall see.