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CAPI urges PM not to re-appoint NHT Board

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2015 | 6:05 PM
Easton Douglas

The lobby group Citizens' Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) is warning that a re-appointment of the National Housing Trust (NHT) Board will be viewed as an insult to Jamaicans.

The group's statement comes as Easton Douglas' tenure as chairman of the NHT Board should have ended last Thursday, April 2.

CAPI, whose co-convenor is former Jamaica Labour Party Senator Dennis Meadows, says it expects Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has portfolio responsibility for the NHT, to appoint a new chairman and board.

The call for Simpson Miller not to re-appoint Douglas follows serious public concerns, which emerged last year, about the NHT's purchase of the Orange Grove property in Trelawny, which is home to the defunct tourist attraction, Outameni. The property was purchased for about J$180 million.

The controversy led to backlashes from civil society and the Opposition, as well as some People's National Party members, including Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke and Councillor for the Papine Division Venesha Phillips, who both criticised the board. Sarah Manley, second daughter of the late former Prime Minister Michael Manley, who founded the NHT, also harshly criticised the purchase.