CITIZENS ACTION FOR PRINCPLE AND INTEGRITY (CAPI) is expressing concern for the inescapable perception of conflict of roles of Mr. Glendon Harris as the new head of the National Transport Cooperative Society (NTCS) and Peoples National Party councilor and Mayor of the City of Montego Bay.
CAPI asserts that while not suggesting that Mayor Harris will leverage his new position to the detriment of the NTCS, the two roles are inherently conflicting and may prove a disservice to the NTCS interest. Further, Mr. Harris as the Mayor of Montego Bay, an essentially full-time engagement, will not be able to effectively serve the NTCS objectives.
Too often someone accused of conflict of interests may deny that a conflict exists because he/she did not act improperly when in fact a conflict of interest can exists even if there are no improper acts as a result of it. Having two conflicting roles is not illegal, but the differing roles will certainly provide an incentive for improper acts in some circumstances.
CAPI believes that given that the extended legal battle between the government and the NTCS has reached a sensitive stage and the perceived unfairness meted out to its former head, the late Ezroy Millwood by the government, Mayor Harris must decline the position of acting head of the NTCS and cause an annual general meeting be held to find a more suitable replacement.
His continued occupying of both roles will serve as a disservice to the memory and efforts of Ezroy Millwood who for years led a valiant fight against the government which unceremoniously revoked the NTCS license at astronomical losses.
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