Julian Robinson, Press Releases

PNP WANTS EXPLANATION ON CONTRACTOR BEING ASKED TO TURN IN BOND IN USED CAR SAGA

KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 4, 2017:  The People’s National Party (PNP) is calling on the Andrew Holness led-Government to explain to the country the implications of the newest revelations by the Ministry of National Security that it has called-in the performance bond of $40 million which was provided by O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rental as a guarantee for the contract to provide 200 used vehicles for the police force, which is now mired in controversy.

On a radio programme this morning, the procurement director of the ministry made the disclosure and further indicated that the ministry would take no additional action to clear the vehicles until it is in receipt the Attorney General’s opinion in the matter.

The Prime Minister, therefore, needs to tell the country how this development will affect the clearing and delivery of the vehicles to the JCF to increase their mobility for the Christmas period. 

The nation has been waiting since last week Wednesday, when assurances were given to the country by the ministry, that the cars were being released on that day.

The scandalous mess has come at a time when the police is facing a serious rise in violent crimes, especially murder and the shortage of vehicles is proving to be a major obstacle in their crime-fighting ability.

Prime Minister needs to tell the country what he intends to do about the stewardship of the National Security Ministry because what prevails cannot continue in light of the present situation.

Last night alone, there were ten incidents of shooting in six parishes, which included five murders.

Since this plan to purchase used cars for the police was announced in March 2016, more than 2000 Jamaicans have been murdered and there is no letting up in the killings, even while the Minister of National Security fumbles and refuses to explain to the country why we have paid over $213 million to a contractor who has only provided 30 vehicles.