“Ministerial Conflicts of Interest”.
Our Chief Minister, the Hon Osbourne Fleming, is simultaneously the Chairman of the Board of Directors of a major local bank, the Caribbean Commercial Bank. Many persons have questioned the propriety of a Chief Minister or other head of government continuing to function as the chairman of a board of directors of a commercial business after he has been appointed to such high public office.
Questions about this conflict of interest have been raised in the House of Assembly by opposition member, Edison Baird. Governor Johnson wrote a now famous misleading and misguided letter excusing our Chief Minister from continuing in this obvious and objectionable conflict of interest. Read the Governor’s letter in the Anguillian Newspaper here. Since then, Edison has fallen silent and not brought the matter up again. The other opposition member, Hubert Hughes, has not troubled himself to question the ethics of the situation at all.
The Chief Minister/Chairman of the Board has recently made some pertinent remarks at a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the bank. He continues to defend the indefensible. See a newspaper article taken from The Anguillian dealing with this here.
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