Integrity Commission initiates third probe of PM Dr. Keith Rowley

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Integrity Commission initiates third probe of PM Dr. Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is for a third time the subject of an investigation by the Integrity Commission. Dr. Rowley has accused the Integrity Commission (IC) of deliberately attempting to tarnish his reputation. Dr. Rowley is being investigated by the IC for allegedly breaching the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA) and the second time since becoming Prime Minister, this time in connection with allegations that contracts awarded to a company owned by his friend Allan Warner were not above board.

The Prime Minister did not hold back and said: “The Integrity Commission, acting in concert with others, is deliberately attempting to tarnish my reputation by attempting to find ways to associate me with contracts and awards that I have had absolutely nothing to do with.”

In a letter dated November 23 , the IC confirmed the decision to begin an independent probe. The letter was captioned: Commencement of investigation into potential breaches of the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA) Chapter 22:01, arising from the award of contracts to Mr Allan Warner and/or companies with which he is affiliated or associated and has an interest therein.

The letter indicated: “Please be advised that the Commission has therefore found it necessary to investigate whether the government contracts awarded to Mr Warner and/or companies with which he is affiliated or associated have been granted in conformity with, inter alia, adherence to your obligations and responsibilities under the act. Especially after the acceptance of the gift.”

The IC informed Dr. Rowley that its investigators would contact him and asked that he cooperate with the investigation which it hopes to conclude in a timely manner.