The latest government appointee to the country’s Integrity in Public Office Commission (IPO) is raising eyebrows in some circles.
Former Chairman of the Dominica Banana Marketing Corporation, Vanoulst Jno Charles, is described as an open advocate of the governing Dominica Labour Party.
Jno Charles was sworn in last week as the commission’s newest member.
He replaces Wendell Lawrence.
To facilitate his presence on that watchdog body, Jno Charles has had to resign as chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) (updated).
The PSC chairmanship is now expected to, reports indicate, be taken up by “another DLP party hack” – Ian Munroe.
Munroe is a former chairman of the board of DBS Radio who held that position for several years until his alleged involvement in a money scandal that resulted in him being axed from the board.
Attorney Henry “Babs” Dyer, the Dominica Bar Association’s nominee to the Integrity in Public Office Commission, was sworn in on April 2011, along with former Attorney General Anthony Laronde.
Laronde and Dave Bruney represent the opposition on the IPO.
The government is against Bruney’s appointment because it considers him a UWP (United Workers Party) party hack.
He was however sworn in on April 7, 2011 – Bruney’s appointment is being challenged in court.
Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, an adviser to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has argued that political activists should not be appointed to commissions such as the IPO.
Critics in the opposition camp say this latest appointment of Jno Charles – a “political activist” of the DLP – smacks of “double standards,” and Astaphan should not support such a decision.
Retired cabinet secretary Julian Johnson continues to chair the IPO commission.