The choice of former Contractor General Greg Christie to lead the Integrity Commission of Jamaica should offer some hope to people of honor in the country.
The former Contractor General has been one of the most outspoken officials on the issue of corruption ever to hold public office.
Greg Christie would have been exponentially more successful during his time as head of the Contractor General’s Department, if he had prosecutorial powers.
During his 7‑year stint as Contractor General, Christie was accused by the JLP, that some of his comments would cause competent and skilled Jamaicans to think twice before joining the public sector for fear that their reputation could be damaged beyond repair.
The equally pathetic PNP accused the then Contractor General of being overzealous.
The fact that Greg Christie would be attacked by both political parties is indeed evidence that he was stepping on their toes.
Jamaica needs more Greg Christies, not fewer.
The people can only prosper when there is a moral and honest Government. One of the most debilitating challenges our country faces, is the decadent issue of across the board corruption.
By himself, Greg Christie can do little, but together we all can do a lot.
Even as the corrosive influence of morbid corruption has taken over the Governments of larger more powerful nations, it still behooves Jamaica to continue to strive for clean and honest leadership in government.
It is for that reason that we fully endorse the appointment of Greg Christie to head the Integrity Commission.