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PNP leadership understands responsibility to restore party - Burke

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 9:43 AM
People’s National Party General Secretary Paul Burke says while the PNP undergoes changes, it must continue to observe its core principles.

The embattled People’s National Party General Secretary Paul Burke last night took to the airwaves seeking to highlight the ideology and governing principles of his party amid the crisis gripping the PNP.

In his eight-minute broadcast, Burke admitted that the PNP was facing a challenging period, but asserted that the leadership understands its responsibility to restore the party.

 

Burke says while the PNP undergoes changes, it must continue to observe its core principles.

He also says the ideology of the PNP supersedes individuality.

 

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke

Since the loss of the February 25 General Election there have been factions within the PNP with some members openly expressing dissatisfaction with the leadership of Portia Simpson Miller.

Tensions have been heightened since the leaked report of party treasurer Norman Horne that some senior party members pocketed money collected from donors in the 2016 General Election campaign.

The matter is being investigated by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency as well as the Office of the Contractor General.

There have also been calls for the general secretary to step down after he made what has been regarded as unsubstantiated claims that former Cabinet Minister collected agent fees from large Chinese contractors.

According to Burke, a portion of the money should have been handed over to the party, but that was not done.