40 Minute Video: Commission Of Inquiry Hearing

June 28, 2016 | 13 Comments

The Commission of Inquiry held their first Public Hearing on Monday [June 27] at St. Theresa’s Church Hall on Laffan Street in Hamilton.

The Commission is chaired by former Bermuda Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans, and the members include lawyer and former MP John Barritt, businesswoman Fiona Luck and businessman Kumi Bradshaw.

Commission of Inquiry into the Auditor's Report Bermuda June 27 2016

The Commission has been charged with investigating the findings of the Auditor General’s report on the Consolidated Fund for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Financial Years.

The Auditor General’s report included information on instances of overspending, expenditures not having the required Cabinet approval, contracts not being tendered, duplicate payments being made and other issues pertaining to tens of millions of dollars.

40-minute video of the full hearing:

The Commission is operating under the following Terms of Reference: Identify breaches of Financial Instructions and how they arose; Consider the adequacy of safeguards and the system of accountability; Make recommendations to prevent recurrences and to mitigate financial, operational and reputational risks; Refer any evidence of possible criminal activity, which the Commission may identify, to the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Police; and Draw to the attention of the Minister of Finance and the Attorney General any scope, which the Commission may identify, to secure recompense under the Public Treasury Act, including Financial Instructions, and Civil Asset Recovery.

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  1. Encyclopedia says:

    We can expect a tit for tat should PLP come to power with a Commission for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 that includes Casino, Hotel development, Airport redevelopment, Cannoniergate, et all.

    Continued political machinations without a real tangible benefit to the life of the people at this stage

    • jt says:

      Assuming there is legitimate cause, like the AG’s report that led to this, there wouldn’t be much opposition to such.

      • Onion says:

        Anti-corruption laws have been pretty healthily re-written so there shouldn’t be as much need. It won’t just be a powerless AG against the world anymore.

  2. really says:

    Love It! Guess is there are a few nervous people on this Island!

    • Terry says:

      Nah.
      The monies are gone and the tickets bought.

      But you will miss their faces.

      • ReALLyBettty says:

        As indicated above the following will be examined:

        “Consider the adequacy of safeguards and the system of accountability; Make recommendations to prevent recurrences and to mitigate financial, operational and reputational risks; Refer any evidence of possible criminal activity, which the Commission may identify, to the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Police; and Draw to the attention of the Minister of Finance and the Attorney General any scope, which the Commission may identify, to secure recompense under the Public Treasury Act, including Financial Instructions, and Civil Asset Recovery.”

        This is still going on with the current OBA government, as monies in the Ministry of Transport regarding the purchase of Buses, is missing…or have disappeared…and the 18 Million under the stewardship of Ministry Fahy is Missing…… evidence under the current government may also require investigations as well…..if we want to be really honest….and as far back as the UBP government…

        Hopefully the outcome is about ensuring more effective Management of the Government Purse…

        • ReALLyBettty says:

          Somewhat a waste of the public purse this Commission….the focus should be set up a committee to examine how to ensure effective and proper management of the government purse…..so that what continues to happen in government even today, does not continue to take place…..As I said Monies are missing under the current government as well…..this speaks to a fault in the overall governmental procedures and processes.

  3. Rhonda says:

    Bermuda’s Benghazi.. 7 million dollars later.. Nothing to offer..

    • Terry says:

      That comment Rhonda makes no sense unless your involved.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Difference being is that there had already been multiple investigation and reports on Benghazi, all of them concluding that there was nothing done wrong. While here we have a report of major malfeasance and maladministration, which is why this commission has been called for. The PAC certainly hasn’t been lead to do its job on the report, so now it’s up to the commission.

  4. Do Right says:

    Let the chips fall where they may

  5. Rene C says:

    Quite honestly,there are not enough people on that panel to investigate the abuses and recklessness of government expenditures. If government were run like a business people would be fired. There is no accountability which is why the report is so damming.

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