PAC Report doctored
or flawed—says Hon. Delores Christopher
has become a case of “they say” and “she said” since Fifth District
Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher told members of the Legislative Council
at the 4 October Sitting that the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) Report was
doctored and flawed. Since Hon. Christopher’s proclamation Members of the
Opposition had and are continuing to refute that statement. In fact, some
members of the Opposition held a press conference on Tuesday and used that forum
to dismiss the allegation.
Christopher’s statement suggesting that the Report was doctored and flawed came
just before the defeat of the Motion to have the Council adopt the PAC Report.
Christopher made that comment after it was discovered that some minutes from
meetings of the PAC (which she is a member of) were left out of the Report. She
told the Council that “the issue of the minutes is a very serious one, giving
the pertinence of the information that was left out and given the allegations.”
The Fifth District Representative advised that the information that was given to
the Committee by the Financial Secretary as it relates to the sub-heads was left
out. “I find it hard to accept that these were not deliberately left out of the
minutes, because it speaks to the heart of the misappropriation allegations,
“she said. The Member of Council told her colleagues that she was at a point
where she believes that “there should be an investigation into this” (meaning
the missing minutes).
Christopher announced that the credibility of the PAC Report is at stake: “What
else in this document is faulty, what else was left out from this presentation?
Is this the Report of the PAC or is it the Report of an Opposition that is still
bitter over a lot of things?,” she asked.
Christopher went on to say that “this document that is before us was doctored,
we need to investigate why certain information was left out. Here we are with a
document that needs to be thrown out that’s as clear as I see it. A very
questionable do, maybe we need to go through it with a finer comb. I think the
public understands exactly what is happening. They (the Opposition) are so eager
to make an allegation, to make a change,.... the document was well doctored, and
we don’t know whether it was the PAC who did the doctoring or the Opposition.”
on in the Sitting the Chairman of the PAC and Leader of the Opposition, Hon.
Ralph T. O’Neal refuted the statements made by Hon. Christopher, by informing
that her allegations are serious. Hon. O’Neal said that he wanted to know who
doctored the Report, because he knows that it was not him.
Almost a week
later, First and Third District representatives, Hon. Andrew Fahie and Julian
Frazer continue the rebuttal. Hon. Frazer said that the claims about the minutes
being omitted “is utter rubbish.”
While on the
other hand, Hon. Fahie stated that “the government’s defense during the debate
was their claim that the Report is flawed and doctored.” He explained that the
Report was neither of the two: “The PAC was investigating many other areas
besides Glover Park, and the minutes that were not relevant to the Glover Park
sub head were extracted. The minutes were not distorted in any way, they are the
same as the original minutes. So nothing was doctored.” The First District
Representative continued his argument by stating that “it would not have been
prudent to include the minutes not relating to the subject in the Report.” With
that said, Hon. Fahie declared that “the Opposition can in no way support the
premise that the minutes were flawed,” and rested that subject by adding that “
there was no missing minutes, and that the argument claiming there is “was a
spin put on by Government. The end part of the original minutes had nothing to
do with the investigation,” he commented.
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