We have a right to answers
February 3, 2012
Yesterday I received a letter from the Governor of Bermuda, Sir Richard Gozney, in reply to my letter that was published in
The Royal Gazette on January 30, 2012. In this letter I once again stated the need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to which Sir Richard replied and I quote in part:
“I would want to consider the pros and cons of setting up a Royal Commission if I believed that it would likely lead to criminal investigations and convictions which would not otherwise be obtainable. I do not believe that a Royal Commission would serve Bermuda at this juncture because I see no sign yet that those who talk of bribes being extorted have usable evidence to support their case, or that individuals who have allegedly been asked for bribes are willing to give witness statements and later take the stand in court.
“You imply that the recent Special Reports by the Auditor General are evidence that a Royal Commission is required. I take a different view. We need first witnesses of alleged bribery or abuse of funds who are willing to testify.” End quote.
Mr Editor, this is the very reason a Royal Commission is needed. How else are we going to get evidence if there is no thorough investigation done to prove there is or there isn’t? We cannot afford another Mickey Mouse investigation; we need an outside body of people who are unbiased in their opinions and will do the job they are paid to do. Bermudians have the right to have the answers to all of these unanswered questions and the spin that we are getting is not good enough. We need action and we need it now and before the next election.
My contention is that Britain does not want to intervene due to the fact they don’t want another Turks and Caicos on their hands. If a Royal Commission of Inquiry turned up evidence of corruption, bribery and illegal Government actions, this would mean Britain has not been paying attention and has neglected to monitor its Overseas Territories in a proper manner thereby, seriously neglecting to protect the citizens of their Overseas Territories which would not look good on the international scene.
So where do we go from here? Do we continue to sit back and let people violate our rights as citizens of Bermuda to endure a Government which in my opinion is unreliable, untrustworthy and dubious in their almost every day running of this island, or do we stand and fight? I believe Sir Richard Gozney is wrong in his assessment of the whole situation and needs to rethink. Time is running out and I am not getting any younger.
By the way Mr. Editor, as fate would have it, in today’s
Royal Gazette you ran a poll which stated:
In the light of the Auditor General’s report on the alleged misuse of public funds, should the Governor now step in?
And the results, even though they are not scientific, came back with
84 percent saying YES
12 percent saying NO
So what does that tell you and your readers, Mr Editor?