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#LocalGovtDebate: Parties clash over accountability at parish councils

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:32 AM
Team Jamaica Labour Party's Desmond McKenzie, Kenisha Allen, Charles Sinclair

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Kenisha Allen used the first local government political debates on Wednesday night to appeal to voters to demand accountability from their parish councils.

In a strike at the People’s National Party (PNP) debaters, Allen said efforts must be made to rid the municipal corporations of corruption.

She insisted that taxpayers should be able to trace their money is spent saying that is what her party is promising.

IN PHOTO: Donovan Mitchell

But the PNP’s Donovan Mitchell made it clear that his party had never condoned corruption in local or central government.

He said the local authorities are audited by the ministry every year and there are checks and balances with each corporation having its own internal auditor.

“We the People’s National Party have placed on most of our councils’ websites contracts above a certain sum so that the public can see,” he said.

That would not calm the Team JLP with former Montego Bay mayor Charles Sinclair declaring that the PNP has been the most corrupt administration in the Caribbean.