The Asot Michael Scandal can affect aid assistance

The head of an organisation against corruption said the country’s ability to seek donor funding could be impacted because of the latest allegations of corruption involving former government minister Asot Michael.

Akaash Maharaj, who is the chief executive officer of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), said the country has come to rely on donor agencies in times of need.

“I can tell you conclusively there is no government in the developed world and there is no international institution in the world that would be enthusiastic about providing international aid to a country if they are afraid that much of that aid is going to end up in the pockets of corrupt political actors,” he said.

Following the passage of Hurricane Irma, the country appealed for regional and international assistance for Barbuda after the sister isle was ravaged by the Category five plus storm, which destroyed many of the buildings and claimed the life of a toddler.

Maharaj said that Antigua and Barbuda, classified as a developing nation, could be victimised by international countries.Read More.

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