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PNP raises alarm over government's J$600M spend on road bushing

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 2:11 PM
Paul Burke

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is raising alarm over what it claims is the government's spending of some J$600 million on bushing roadways ahead of the local government elections.

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, in a release today, said the expenditure was confirmed by the National Works Agency.

"Outside of the staggering amount for bushing when remedial road repairs are urgently needed in eastern Jamaica, particularly Portland and St Thomas, the allocation of the work has circumvented the PNP Members of the Parliament, duly elected representatives of the people, and the municipal corporations/local authorities," Burke complained.

The PNP general secretary accused the government of "buying" support and said he would be engaging the Office of the Contractor General, as well as the political ombudsman on the matter.

The local government poll is next Monday.