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Under-fire Burke says he's being misrepresented

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 9:46 PM
PNP General Secretary Paul Burke

People’s National Party (PNP) general secretary, Paul Burke, is claiming that statements he made regarding campaign donations have been deliberately misrepresented.

Burke has been under pressure since allegations surfaced this week that he told a meeting of the National Executive Council of the PNP that it was the practice for large contractors to pay money to the former PNP-administration.

It’s claimed that Burke said Chinese firms usually pay an 'agent fee' ranging from 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent of their total project cost.

Burke reportedly implicated former works minister, Dr. Omar Davies in the scheme.

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Since the allegations surfaced Davies, members of the PNP and the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Chinese Embassy have denied knowledge of any such practice.

There have been calls for Burke to retract the statements.

When contacted this afternoon by The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, Burke refused to explain what he said at the NEC meeting.

However, he insisted his comments were being deliberately misrepresented.

Burke said he would be writing to the NEC about the matter before speaking further to the media.

PNP president, Portia Simpson Miller has requested that the party’s Integrity Commission probe the matter and provide a report in October.