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G2K shocked, dismayed PNP councillors believe parish council raids political

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 6:44 PM

Generation 2000 (G2K) says it's shocked and dismayed by the comments of the National Caucus of People's National Party (PNP) Councillors that the recent raids at parish councils appear to be politically motivated.

According to G2K, the young professional arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, the statements are ridiculous.

President Matthew Samuda say the PNP councillors should remain silent and allow the police to do their work.


G2K president Matthew Samuda

Samuda, a Government senator, said people should note that the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency which is leading the probes is not subjected to political direction.

The G2K head also wants the president of the PNP's Caucus of Councillors, Senator Angella Brown Burke to apologise to the police and is encouraging all parish councils to cooperate with the police.

He said Brown Burke should present any evidence that the MOCA raids are political to the Security Minister and the Senate.

READ: PNP councillors concerned about raids on parish councils | 

MOCA has already denied the assertion.

The PNP controls 13 of the 14 parish councils in Jamaica.

Within four days, MOCA detectives raided the Manchester, St Catherine and Clarendon Parish Councils as well as the Portmore Municipal Council.

Two persons at the Manchester Parish Council have been charged in relation to what the police are calling a 'grand fraud'.

READ: $3.5m bail for Manchester Parish Council officer in 'grand fraud'

In a statement yesterday, the PNP councillors  described the MOCA raids as sensational saying they appear to be a deliberate attempt to present the local authorities as corrupt ahead of local government elections.