29 Jun THE OCG REPORT: A DAMNING INDICTMENT OF JLP CORRUPTION
Kingston, Jamaica, June 29, 2017: The report published by the Office of the Contractor General’s (OCG) makes it clear that in November 2016, while murders doubled and police had neither cars nor bullet proof vests, the JLP Government used the $800m allocated to a de-bushing programme to buy votes.
The de-bushing programme managed by Ministers Daryl Vaz and Everald Warmington, both of whom operate out of Prime Minister Holness’ Ministry, together with Ministers Robert Montague, Andrew Wheatley and Shahine Robinson used “facilitators as agents or third parties to receive funds and to pay labourers”. This was clearly as the OCG report described, a “corruption enabling mechanism”.
Section 19 of the report states that the evidence before the OCG implicates Members of Parliament (Ministers Robert Montague, Andrew Wheatley and Shahine Robinson) in:
a) specifying the persons to who cheques should be made payable;
b) the amounts in which same (cheques) should be made payable; and
c) the manner in which same (cheques) were to be apportioned to the sub-contractors and/or facilitators.
It is to be noted that the work done in PNP constituencies was carried out without any consultation with the PNP leadership. In fact, it was the JLP Ministers who chose the contractors and the workers in a brazen attempt to bribe PNP voters.
The OCG report clearly lays the basis for further investigation of charges of corruption and misappropriation of public funds. It is clear that we are not going to win the fight against crime as long as we are led by a government that places politics before the safety and security of the people.