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Local government group backs raids, hits out at mayors

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2016 | 1:22 PM

The President of the Jamaica United Local Government Representatives Association, Frank Manborde, is supporting calls for an audit of parish councils.

Manborde is also criticising mayors who have bashed recent parish council raids by the police calling them politically motivated.

In recent weeks, the police along with personnel from the Office of the Contractor General have carried out raids at the St Catherine, Manchester and Clarendon parish councils as well as the Portmore Municipal Council.

Two people have so far been arrested and charged in relation with what the police have called a 'grand fraud' at the Manchester Parish Council.

The police have not disclosed the outcomes of the raids at the other local authorities.

In a letter to the editor, Manborde said the various alleged breaches of the government's procurement guidelines, rules and regulations are shocking and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.

He says culprits, must be held fully accountable for misconduct and fraudulent actions.

Manborde also says the local government minister should present the findings of the parish council audits to Parliament so that the details can be made public.