Lawyer for embattled Hanover councillor rejecting claims of nepotism
Attorney-at-law Delford Morgan is rejecting claims of nepotism and breach of government guidelines raised in a report by the contractor general about his client and former mayor of Lucea, Hanover, Shernet Haughton.
In a report tabled in Parliament last week, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) pointed to 22 contracts, worth $3.7 million, it says were awarded by the Hanover Parish Council to relatives and persons affiliated with the former mayor.
However, speaking on Nationwide Radio this morning, the attorney for the sitting councilor, said she did not breach any government guidelines neither did she authorise that the contracts be awarded to her family members or affiliates.
Morgan argues that his client did not benefit from the awarded contracts.
Morgan is rejecting claims raised in the OCG reports that the works covered by the disputed contracts were not evaluated.
Meanwhile, Morgan says the secretary manager and not the mayor is responsible for ensuring that government guidelines are adhered to.
In its report, the OCG noted that Haughton sought to have the secretary manager act improperly by making changes to parish council records.
Haughton, who is a People's National Party's councillor for the Green Island division, stepped down as mayor last August amid pressure from her councillors and the leadership of the party.
Last week, the Director of Public Prosecutions, indicated that she will make a ruling soon on whether the councilor should face charges.
Menwhile, calls continue to grow for the councillor to resign.