Horne to relinquish post as PNP treasurer
Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer
People’s National Party (PNP) treasurer Norman Horne has disclosed he will be relinquishing the post when his term ends on September 30.
Horne told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre today that he has informed the officers of the PNP that he will not be seeking re-election.
He says his decision is tied to issues surrounding a leaked report prepared by him on the party's campaign financing.
Horne says he will not be leaving the PNP and stands ready to give answers to questions the party’s executive council could ask as part of its probe into the money scandal.
Horne’s report claims that some senior PNP members pocketed money collected from donors in the 2016 General Election campaign.
The scandal deepened after former transport minister Dr Omar Davies publicly rejected assertions that he collected agent fees from Chinese contractors in Jamaica.
The PNP General Secretary Paul Burke had reportedly claimed at a PNP National Executive Council meeting that the agent fees ranged from one per cent to 1.5 per cent.
He is also reported as saying the portfolio minister was responsible for selecting agents to whom ‘agent fees’ would be paid by large contractors.
The Office of the Contractor General is investigating the claims.