Date: 24th August, 2017
Basseterre, ST KITTS (KYSS) — The investigative ability of the Public Accounts Committee, impeded by the recently passed Public Accounts Committee Bill 2017, is now sharply restricted. As a result, pertinent questions which could have revealed information crucial to the public interest can no longer be asked by its members.
This is according to former minister of Finance, Right Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas.
The former prime minister made a point to note that the powers of the PAC had always been separate from those of the Director of Audit.
He also underscored that both the PAC and the Director of Audit are fundamental parts of the checks and balances put in place to monitor government use of public funds.
Referencing the recently revived Lanny Davis saga, Dr. Douglas said due to the provisions in the Public Accounts Committee Bill 2017, the Public Accounts Committee, when formed, will be unable to uncover the whole truth about the matter.