OCG looks into $600m state project days be­fore elec­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Jo­van Johnson Staff Reporter

JUST DAYS be­fore the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions, the coun­try’s main an­ticor­rup­tion body, the Of­fice of the Con­trac­tor Gen­eral (OCG), has opened a probe into a gov­ern­ment bush-clear­ing pro­gramme, the source of ten­sions be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Op­po­si­tion Peo­ple’s National Party (PNP). The op­po­si­tion party is con­tend­ing that the pro­gramme is be­ing used by the Hol­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion to ‘buy’ sup­port ahead of Monday’s elec­tions. Con­trac­tor Gen­eral Dirk Har­ri­son’s probe was con­firmed yes­ter­day by the National Works Agency (NWA), which is spear­head­ing the project that the PNP said by­passed its political rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Ques­tions sent to the OCG on whether a probe is un­der way are yet to be an­swered. “I know that in­for­ma­tion has been re­quested by that of­fice (OCG), and we have been pro­vid­ing same to that of­fice. As to whether an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing done, the OCG will have to an­swer that,” said Stephen Shaw, NWA com­mu­ni­ca­tions manager. He added that the first set of in­for­ma­tion has al­ready been sub­mit­ted to the anti-cor­rup­tion


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