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PNP says parish council raids not a sign of breakdown in leadership

Published:Monday | August 8, 2016 | 8:23 PM

The People's National Party (PNP) says recent anti-corruption raids and arrests of parish council employees are not evidence of a breakdown in accountability in the PNP-run councils.

The PNP controls all 13 local authorities, several of which have been rocked by corruption cases involving the alleged misuse of millions of dollars.

However, this morning Kingston Mayor and head of the PNP's national caucus of councillors, Dr Angela Brown Burke, said all the systems of accountability in the councils have been working.

She noted that internal audits as well as investigations by other state entities, such as the Office of the Contractor General, are routinely done.

May Pen Mayor Scean Barnswell said the councils welcome any external entity assessing the conduct of parish authorities.

They were speaking at a press conference this morning called to announce what they call a new dialogue on local government leadership.