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Parish councillors to remain on recess despite McKenzie's comments

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 8:16 AM
McKenzie points out that unlike Members of Parliament councillors are not entitled to vacation leave.

Despite objection from Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie parish councillors across the island have insisted they will remain on recess for August.

All local government bodies, except for the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), have taken a recess, putting a halt to council meetings and other activities. 

McKenzie is opposed to the recess arguing that there is no law that gives parish councillors the right to take a one-month break.

McKenzie points out that unlike Members of Parliament councillors are not entitled to vacation leave. 

However, President of the Association of Local Government Authorities of Jamaica, Scean Barnswell, says councillors do not support the view of the local government minister.

Barnswell maintains that under Jamaican laws parish councils are empowered to have a recess, provided that the correct procedure is followed.

 

President of ALGAJ, Scean Barnswell

Barnswell adds that it is the norm for local government bodies to take a recess during August.