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Opposition re-tables questions about Symbiote to Holness

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 3:29 PM
Robinson wants to know what were the terms and conditions attached to the award of the spectrum license to Symbiote last September and if the conditions were met.

Opposition Member of Parliament Julian Robinson has re-tabled questions in Parliament to Prime Minister Andrew Holness about the granting of a licence to the controversy-plagued Symbiote Investment Limited, which trades as Caricel.

Among other things, Robinson wants to know are what were the terms and conditions attached to the award of the spectrum license to Symbiote last September and if the conditions were met.

He’s also seeking to get from Prime Minister Holness the reasons the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) and the Office of Utilities Regulation issued Notices of Investigation to Symbiote last December 2016 into the company’s operations.

Holness is also being asked to indicate if the United States Government provided new information to Jamaica which suggested that a director/shareholder of, or person associated with Symbiote was not a fit and proper person.

Robinson has included a new question to the Prime Minister, asking what steps have been taken to address the conflict of interest issues raised in the Office of the Contractor General Report on the award the license to Symbiote.

It was noted that Chairman of the board of the SMA is also employed as an adviser to the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology and that another board member is also employed as a technical assistant to the Minister.

Prime Minister Holness has 21 days to respond.