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Manchester Parish Council staff receiving counselling, traumatised by MOCA raids

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:34 AM
Mayor Brenda Ramsay says the council has no objection to an investigation being carried out but has a problem with how it was carried out.

Staff at the Manchester Parish Council are reportedly receiving counselling following what the mayor says was the traumatic raid by members of the Major Organized Crime and Anti Corruption Task Force (MOCA).

Mayor Brenda Ramsay says the council has no objection to an investigation being carried out but has a problem with how it was carried out.

"The public has been left with an impression that we are all corrupt. It is wrong and it begs the question which many have already been asking, whether the intent was to confuse or to snare,” she says.

Mayor Ramsay says she is still unsure of the true reason behind the raid as the internal auditors and those from the local government have done the necessary checks and there has been no adverse finding.

"As recent as 2014 we received the 'Prudent Financial Management' Award. Was this an error? It therefore begs the question, what could have caused this kind of excessive operation?" she asks.