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PNP spent nearly J$600m last year as well - JLP

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 11:11 AM
JLP Leader and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The People’s National Party (PNP) has acknowledged that the Portia Simpson Miller administration spent J$592 million on mitigation work last year, but contends that the spending covered more work and was spread over a 12-month period.

The assertion is the latest in the war of words between the two main political parties over the controversial J$600 million islandwide de-bushing and drain cleaning programme.

The PNP has charged that the programme is being used to influence the outcome of Monday’s Local Government Elections.

However, Prime Minister Andrew Holness fired back, saying the programme is an annual initiative conducted by successive administrations.

He pointed out that a similar programme was conducted by the Simpson Miller administration in December last year at a cost of J$592 million dollars.

But in a statement yesterday, the PNP explained that in addition to drain and gully cleaning, the funds also covered hurricane preparations and the national Chik V clean-up programme.

According to the PNP, that programme had the input of all members of parliament, as well as local representatives and there was no complaint of victimisation or partisan allocation.