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Opposition wants Agriculture Minister sanctioned for grass planting

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 12:14 PM
Samuda has said it was not his idea to have the grass planted on his property and that he insisted on paying for it.

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is calling for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to sanction or even fire agriculture minister Karl Samuda for his role in having a demonstration plot of Mombasa grass on his farm in St Catherine.

The 15-acre plot was planted using the resources of the state-owned Jamaica Dairy Development Board.

Opposition spokesman on agriculture has charged that the former Chief Executive Officer of the Dairy development Board, Hugh Graham, was fired because he objected when Samuda wanted the project expanded.

However, Samuda has said it was not his idea to have the grass planted on his property and that he insisted on paying for it.

However, this commitment was not placed in writing.

Speaking in Manchester last night opposition senator Wensworth Skeffery, said Samuda should be sanctioned.

 

Opposition senator, Wensworth Skeffery

He was supported by deputy general secretary of the PNP, Basil Waite, who said Holness had no choice but to sanction Samuda for his involvement.

He said Samuda should have disclosed the matter in Parliament from the start.

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Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says his office is now conducting an assessment to determine whether to launch a probe into the case where dairy-feeding grass was planted at a St Catherine property belonging to agriculture minister Karl Samuda.

Harrison told The Gleaner that his office has received documents in relation to the matter.