Kingston, Jamaica, February 20, 2018:Minority Leader for the People’s National Party at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Council (KSAMC), Andrew Swaby, is raising concerns about an allocation of $21 Million made by the Minister of Local Government through the Equalisation Fund to repairs three roads in North West St. Andrew, where a by-election will be held on March 5, 2018.
Councillor Swaby is calling on the Political Ombudsman, the Office of the Contractor General to urgently launch an investigation into this matter. He is also inviting all well-thinking Jamaicans who want a free and fair electoral process to make their voices heard in the fight against government corruption and misuse of public funds.
“I am deeply concerned that this is yet another attempt by the Jamaica Labour Party Government to use public resources to influence the outcome of a by-election. The same methods were used in the Local Government elections of 2016 and the by-election in South East St. Mary.” Mr. Swaby points out.
Only last month, an allocation of $91 Million was made to repair roads in the same constituency.
Mr. Swaby notes that the Council has not received monies for funeral grants and the indigent programme, yet the Minister has found money to fix roads in a constituency having a by-election in less than two weeks.
Mr. Swabyfurther notes that there are many other roads throughout the Municipality that are in urgent need of repair and for which councillors have been lobbying for some time now.
The proposed roads that are to be repaired are:
Rosehall Avenue in Hughenden – $6,252,500.00
Moonlight Drive in Havendale – $10,974,500.00
Rosewell Avenue in Chancery Hall – $4,570,000.00
“We are not against monies being allocated to fix roads in need of repairs but we find the timing of this allocation and the fact that all of is in North West St. Andrew, as a blatant attempt by the JLP to buy votes ahead of the by-election,” the Councillor said.