Put up or shut up

MoBay mayor asks PNP leader to prove ac­cu­sa­tions of mis­con­duct

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - HOPETON BUCKNOR STAR Writer

Chair­man of the St James Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and Mayor of Mon­tego Bay, Coun­cil­lor Homer Davis, has openly chal­lenged as­ser­tions made by Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) leader, Dr Peter Phillips, re­gard­ing the oust­ing of two PNP coun­cil­lors.

Phillips said that the oust­ing was an abuse of power, and was done as a means of avoid­ing over­sight and ac­count­abil­ity in the cor­po­ra­tion.

Davis, who was speak­ing at an emer­gency press con­fer­ence called by the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion yes­ter­day, said Phillips has no grounds on which to make those ac­cu­sa­tions, as the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions were car­ried out strictly within the guide­lines of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.

PRE­VI­OUS PNP GOV­ERN­MENT

“I am at a loss as to the ba­sis on which Dr Phillips made th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions, as it was the pre­vi­ous PNP gov­ern­ment which re­duced the num­ber of con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar monthly meet­ings that coun­cil­lors can miss with ap­proval, from six to three, and all coun­cil­lors are aware of that change,” Davis said. “Dr Phillips must prove where the abuse of power has taken place and on what ba­sis the St James Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion is try­ing to avoid over­sight and ac­count­abil­ity, or shut up.”

He also slammed Phillips for in­sin­u­at­ing that re­sources are be­ing stolen at the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion.

“The fi­nan­cial books can stand up to any scru­tiny as, un­der my watch, ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency is what we live by each year. There­fore, Dr Phillips, there is no grounds for your un­founded state­ments,” Davis said.

Davis said he is chal­leng­ing Phillips to come with ev­i­dence, or re­tract his state­ment, and is­sue a full apol­ogy.

He also lashed out at Phillips, who he said is out of touch with re­al­ity as it re­lates to the run­ning of mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions.

Last Thurs­day, coun­cil­lor for the Salt Spring Di­vi­sion, Syl­van Reid, and coun­cil­lor for the Catadupa Di­vi­sion, Glad­stone Bent, were dis­qual­i­fied from the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion on the grounds that they failed to at­tend three con­sec­u­tive meet­ings with­out ap­proval, pur­suant to sec­tion 30, (1) (b) of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act.

Both men have since re­tained the le­gal ser­vices of at­tor­ney-at­law, K.D. Knight, who has made his in­ten­tion clear that he would be tak­ing the mat­ter to court.

CON­TRIB­UTED

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