Com­mit­tee re­jects MP’s re­quest to buy food for cer­e­mony

Jamaica Gleaner - - UNITED STATES ELECTIONS 2016 - Jo­van Johnson Staff Re­porter jo­van.johnson@glean­erjm.com

A PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY com­mit­tee has re­jected an op­po­si­tion mem­ber of par­lia­ment’s re­quest to have tax­pay­ers fund the re­fresh­ments for guests at cer­e­monies for a $1-mil­lion sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Dwayne Vaz, the West­more­land Cen­tral rep­re­sen­ta­tive, had sub­mit­ted a sports de­vel­op­ment project to the Con­stituency De­vel­op­ment Fund (CDF) Unit in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, which rec­om­mended ap­proval.

He sub­mit­ted the project un­der the hu­man and so­cial de­vel­op­ment head­ing for fund­ing of the Cen­tral West­more­land Sports Com­pe­ti­tion 2016 to be im­ple­mented by the In­sti­tute of Sports.

How­ever, it was re­jected yes­ter­day when it came be­fore the CDF Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment, which must ap­prove projects be­fore any money from the CDF cof­fers can be re­leased.

CLUBS SHOULD PAY

Com­mit­tee Chair­man Ever­ald Warm­ing­ton noted that based on the doc­u­ments, the MP wanted fund­ing for re­fresh­ment for guests and a pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem for the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies. “The com­mit­tee doesn’t pay for these, and we men­tioned it be­fore. So, this one is with­drawn un­til it’s cor­rected,” he told the meet­ing at Gordon House. “I think if you have these clubs per­form­ing, they must can sell some bot­tles and buy re­fresh­ments fi­dem guest.”

Warm­ing­ton later ex­plained to The Gleaner that it has never been part of CDF pol­icy “to pay for re­fresh­ments and those stuff or pay fees for vam­pires and those”.

“You couldn’t ex­pect the Gov­ern­ment to pay for re­fresh­ments for guests,” he added.

Dr Day­ton Camp­bell, MP for St Ann North West, said it has been his un­der­stand­ing that pro­pos­als can­not be sub­mit­ted re­quest­ing funds for cer­tain events and pro­vi­sions, in­clud­ing food.

Vaz could not be reached for a com­ment, as tele­phone calls went unan­swered.

Each MP has been al­lo­cated $20 mil­lion from the CDF to spend on projects for con­stituen­cies this fis­cal year.

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