Contents of the leak leaked document were aired on a local radio talk show by a host associated with the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and showed that a former legislator had run up a bill estimated at EC$70,000 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) during a three month period this year.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that he was embarrassed at the disclosure and the government later indicated that the continued use of phones by the assigned holders was due to a system failure. One of the former parliamentarians has since accepted responsibility for the abuse of the system and has written to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance accepting responsibility with a promise to repay the money.
The Integrity Commission has hinted at the possibility of conducting an investigation into the allegations noting that “following reports circulating about the use of government telephone accounts by public officials, the Commission has written to the relevant government authorities to ascertain the veracity of such reports”.
The NDC has called on the Integrity Commission, the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) and the RGPF (Royal Grenada Police Force) “to take the necessary actions to stop this theft from the Grenadian people”.
In its statement distancing itself from the leaked documents, Digicel said that it respects the confidentiality of customers.
Chief executive officer, Shrivon Redhead, said that “customer confidentiality is something we take very seriously, and we have in place best practices to protect against the release of private customer information.
“When the allegations arose, we made it a priority to conduct an internal audit in order to establish the facts, ensure that there was no breach of information on our part and confirm that we did everything possible to protect the confidentiality of our customers.
“Our customers can continue to rely on us and to trust that we will treat their personal information with the strictest confidence,” she said.
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Apologies apologies …did he not realise how long he was on the phone?, or ever given a thought as to how the previous bills were being paid?…
Make him pay double back to the people.
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