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Opposition Leader and PM argue AG Immigration report

By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter

Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca and Prime Minister Dean
Barrow traded jabs at Friday’s House Sitting over the Auditor General report, which COLA, the Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action exposed this week. The document reveals gross abuse of power in government.

“The obstruction and cover-up by the state has become just as bad as what many view as the original crime,” Fonseca criticized, citing portions of the preliminary report.

“Every step of the way this Prime Minister and this government has
done everything possible to protect members of their party to cover up the mass corruption that this passport and visa hustle truly is,” Fonseca condemned.

Fonseca said that COLA’s presentation made it very clear that the
report declared obstruction as “the order of the day” as the AG’s
office tried to access files for their investigation. Fonseca also
said that they were made aware that certain files were hidden from the audit team and that Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse was in possession of some of those files.

Barrow countered by pointing out that regardless of the preliminary report in COLA’s hands there was no official Auditor General report tabled to the House for debate. “The report that I have makes it absolutely clear that there is not another UDP minister that the Auditor General is able to point to in connection with any irregularity in the slightest instance,” Barrow said.

Barrow added that at the end of the process they would be able to
debate the official report which, would fairly reflect the AG’s
findings but would take into account the responses put forward by the Immigration Department.

Barrow also said that the AG didn’t have the ability to recommend a prosecution against anyone and added that the Director of Public
Prosecutions would have to be the one to decide if there were any
prosecutable offenses.

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