08 Jun DUE PROCESS WAS NOT FOLLOWED IN LATIBEAUDIERE’S APPOINTMENT
Kingston, Jamaica, June 7, 2017: The recent appointment of Viralee Latibeaudiere to the post of Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance is of grave concern as there is no evidence that due process was employed.
It would appear that Ms Latibeaudiere was handpicked by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Audley Shaw, bypassing the Public Service Commission (PSC), for this very sensitive position, which demands a high level of competence and trust.
“This personal appointment represents a dangerous trend where successive Jamaica Labour Party administrations have bypassed the proper process required to appoint senior public sector leadership,” says Opposition Spokesman on the Public Sector and Public Sector Modernization Senator Lambert Brown.
“Minister Shaw seems to be usurping the role of the Public Service Commission, which is the only body with authority under the Constitution of Jamaica to make such an appointment”.
According to Senator Brown, Minister Shaw’s unwarranted intrusion in the remit of the Public Service Commission (PSC) is unacceptable and undermines the democratic tradition of impartial appointments to the Public Service.
The Opposition, therefore, calls on Minister Shaw to refrain from compromising the independence of the constitutionally appointed PSC, and that any backdoor offer must be rescinded and the body vested with the appropriate authority allowed to do the necessary advertising for, interviews and appointment of the most suitable candidate.
The Opposition is also concerned about reports of instability at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service with the departure of a second highly qualified Financial Secretary in less than 16 months.
The Opposition demands that the PSC moves quickly in the best interest of Jamaica to address the malady associated with this troubling back-door appointment in order to ensure stability at the ministry given the importance of the Financial Secretary in advancing the Economic Reform Programme at this time.