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Anti-corruption campaigner wants action against NSWMA for 'violence against Ja laws'

Published:Monday | March 23, 2015 | 1:35 PM
Trevor Munroe

Anti-corruption campaigner, Professor Trevor Munroe, is calling for action against the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) over the agency’s breach of laws.

In a speech delivered at the Ten Thousand Man March in St Catherine yesterday, he said the breaches represent violence against the laws of Jamaica.

Professor Munroe says reports from the Auditor General’s Department and the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) have highlighted failings at the agency yet no one has been held accountable.

He has pointed to the absence of the ten years of audited financial statements and annual reports from the NSWMA.

And the anti-corruption campaigner has also highlighted a 2014 OCG investigation which found that contracts were awarded to unregistered contractors and in some cases in an irregular manner.

The operations and leadership of the NSWMA have been questioned since the largest fire at the Riverton City dump in St Andrew started on March 11.

There have also been claims and counter claims between the immediate former executive director, Jennifer Edwards, and the board chairman, Steve Ashley.

Professor Munroe says proper checks and balances must be put in place to ensure appropriate spending of a reported $30 million from the Mexican government to improve the dump.