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PNP councillors concerned about raids on parish councils

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 6:21 PM
In this 2014 file photo agents from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency remove evidence collected during a raid.

The National Caucus of (People's National Party (PNP)) Councillors says it’s extremely concerned about the recent raids at parish councils, saying they appear to be political in nature.

Last week the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Office of the Contractor General carried out a raid at the Manchester and Clarendon Parish Councils.

Yesterday, the agencies had another raid at the St Catherine Parish Council.

However, the PNP councillors say the sensational approach seems to be a deliberate attempt to present the local authorities as corrupt.

They say they are forced to assume the motives and actions are aimed at discrediting the Local Authorities in light of the pending Local Government elections.

They say they welcome the call of the Minister of Local Government for audits at all local authorities as transparency and probity are important pillars of good governance.

However, the PNP councillors say they are reminding the Government that if it wants a strong local governance structure, it cannot seek to tear down the local authorities for narrow political gains.