Indepth audit ordered into Hanover Parish Council operations, ministry to seize all documents
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, has ordered an indepth audit of the operations of the Hanover Parish Council, which has been hit by allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption.
Addressing a meeting at the parish council this morning, McKenzie said the ministry will immediately seize all documents at the council.
He says he's concerned that investigations carried out by the Office of the Contractor General have found, among other things, issues of nepotism, favouritism and conflict of interest in the awarding of government contracts.
The local government minister says while the parish council has failed to act, he will not do the same.
He says he will be overhauling the operations at the council.
McKenzie has ordered that the parish council’s procurement committee cease operations as according to him it was not properly constituted.
Among other things ... he says the audit team will look at whether councillors have any vested interest in contracts awarded by the parish council and if councillors have made their annual returns to the Integrity Commission.
The local government minister says he’s prepared to take the strongest action available to him to fix the problems at the Hanover Parish Council.
McKenzie has warned all councillors and staff at the council to comply with the instructions of audit team.
He says anyone found guilty of obstructing the probe will face sanctions.