By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee told a news conference this morning (Monday, September 29) that the recently established ‘I Paid A Bribe’ website has been successful in detecting acts of dishonesty and exploitation in several government agencies.
He said many reports have been received via the website and the information has been passed on to the relevant agencies for them to investigate and take appropriate corrective action.
The Home Affairs Minister said, from reports, the instances of corruption are mainly with traffic ranks along the country’s roadways, in the Transport and Harbors Department (stellings and wharfs) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).
“Monies are passing… manifestation is reflected in respect to corruption at the lower level of government agencies and departments,” Rohee told reporters.
He could not provide any concrete information on the results of complaints received, as he noted, “we don’t worry with results.”
Police have been successful in nabbing several government employees in recent times trying to extort monies from the public through corrupt arrangements.
In May, 2013 the Ministry of Home Affairs launched the user-friendly crime-reporting system in which no name is required.
Only recently, Rohee in expressing frustration called on Supervisors and Junior Traffic Ranks of the Guyana Police Force to desist from carrying out the illegal function of collecting bribes along the country’s roadways.
Rohee described the ranks as “Travelling Magistrates” even as he urged greater compliance to prevention and enforcement activities.
He noted that the IPAIDABRIBE.GY website has listed the Guyana Police Force, Traffic Department as the Government agency which accepts the most bribes.
The Minister sternly urged ranks, engaged in the practice of accepting bribes, to discontinue the practice and called on senior ranks to ensure it is rooted out from among their subordinates.