PM hints at new laws to protect those who raise alarm against corruption

By Carl Joseph

A groundbreaking Whistleblower Protection Act may be on the cards for the first time in Antigua and Barbuda sometime during 2020.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that he may be going to parliament as, “we have to now look seriously at some form of whistleblower protection. That is a matter that I will have to discuss seriously with my colleagues and try and convince them that we will need to go that route.”

The law would apply to whistleblowers who work for government and would allow them to report on the possible existence of anything from breaking the law to wasting funds or abuse of authority.

In US law, for instance, a federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take – or threaten to take – retaliatory action against any employee or applicant who discloses such information.
The country’s leader used the lack of a legal pursuit of members of the former UPP administration who he alleged “plundered the country” as an example of the need for new legislation.