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PNP writes PM over 'inequitable distribution' of Labour Day funds

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:14 AM
Burke called the distribution of funds "blatant discrimination and victimisation".

General Secretary of the People's National Party (PNP), Paul Burke, has sent a letter to Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, seeking an explanation for what he describes as the inequitable distribution of funds to members of Parliament for Labour Day activities.

According to documents received by The Gleaner, the PNP has been allocated only $19 million of $54.65 million taken from the Tourism Product Development Company for Labour Day initiatives.   

Making reference to Prime Minister, Andrew Holness' commitment in his inaugural speech to a governance of partnership, Burke called the distribution of funds "blatant discrimination and victimisation".

He says PNP MPs do not only represent their supporters in their constituencies, but all residents.

He's questioning why St Andrew North East, represented by the Jamaica Labour Party's Delroy Chuck, for example, has been allocated twice the amount of central Westmoreland, although St Andrew North East is one of the smallest constituencies in the country and has a higher personal income bracket. 

Burke says the Prime Minister should be embarrassed by the situation and should move swiftly to correct it. He says Holness should also publicly sanction whoever was responsible for the inequitable allocations.