Montague says MOCA Bill will address oversight concerns

MINISTER of National Security Robert Montague says that some concerns raised by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) about the operation of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) will be addressed in the MOCA Bill 2017.

“I wish to mention that since the Bill was tabled in April, we have received some comments from INDECOM, which have been considered and adopted, where appropriate,” the minister informed the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

He noted that the amendments will be tabled in the House of Representatives, when the debate resumes.

The Bill was tabled during the 2017/18 budget debate in the House on March 21, during the presentation to the annual budget debate by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

It was the second piece of legislation tabled by the Government this year to boost Jamaica’s anti-corruption framework following the Integrity Commission Bill two months earlier.

Holness told the House then that the legislation was designed to transform the agency into an elite law enforcement investigative agency, operating independently of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

This move, he said, forms part of the Administration’s ‘Plan Secure Jamaica’ initiative, which is aimed at tackling challenges associated with crime, violence and poverty.

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