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HAJ chairman calls in MOCA to probe houses built under previous board

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2017 | 12:15 PM
The head office of the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) in Cross Roads, St Andrew.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has officially asked the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) to begin investigations into irregularities at the agency.

The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says the irregularities occurred under the watch of the previous board. 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness had said on October 11 that the last People's National Party (PNP) administration spent $11 million per unit to build houses in St Elizabeth, then sold them for $4.5 million.

This compares to the construction of similar houses in 2008 under the JLP administration through the HAJ, which built dwellings in Luana at a cost of $2.1 million per unit.

Mr Holness also pointed to another development in Boscobel, St Mary, where he said work which should have cost $802 million ended up running at $1.6 billion.

Chairman of the HAJ, Norman Brown, who called in MOCA on the instructions of the prime minister, says all files and documents related to the matter will be turned over to detectives.