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PATRIOTS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN SE ST. MARY ROAD WORK

PATRIOTS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY IN SE ST. MARY ROAD WORK

Kingston, Jamaica, September 16, 2017: The Patriots, the young professional arm of the People’s National Party, has joined the call for transparency in the award of road work in St. Mary, in particular, South East St. Mary where a by-election is pending.  The PNP young professional says the recent announcement by JLP Leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness that more than $600 Million is slated to be spent in St. Mary has ignite memories of the de-bushing programme.

“$600 million seems to be a magical election number for this government”, noted Patriots President Omar Newell, making reference to another work programme said to be of similar value which was implemented by the JLP Administration ahead of last year’s municipal elections.

The Patriots said it joints the call of People’s National Party for the establishment of a monitoring mechanism to ensure the rehabilitation of the Junction main road, a project long advocated for by former Member of Parliament, the late Dr. Winston Green, is implemented without the corrupt practices which clouded its predecessor de-bushing programme.

The Patriots says it will also join the Party in resisting any attempt by the JLP administration to use taxpayers’ funds to corrupt the outcome of the SE St Mary by-election.

“MP Winston Green spent the last several months of his life agonizing over the state of the Junction road, and in particular, the section of Chovy roadway which became a river bed. Despite his best efforts at lobbying publicly and privately, he was not able to see this rehabilitation while he was alive” added Newell.

The Patriots welcome the road work in memory of Dr. Winston Green, but demand transparency.