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PNP refers OCG report on St Ann SE to party's integrity committee, legal advisor

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:41 PM

The People’s National Party (PNP) says the contractor general’s report on allegations of impropriety in the office of Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna and the St Ann Municipal Corporation has been referred to its Legal Advisor and Integrity Commission for review.

The party says some of the issues raised in the report have sweeping implications for its political organisation and structure, including PNP councillors.

It says as a result it will await the recommendations from its Legal Advisor and Integrity Commission on the way forward. 

The party says it does not intend to make any further statements on the matter until then.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions pursue criminal investigations against a number of persons in relation to the award of contracts in the St Ann South East constituency held by Lisa Hanna.

The report on the Contractor General’s probe which began in 2015 was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon.

SEE: Report on the Contractor General’s probe

Harrison says the OCG has seen no evidence to suggest that the process utilised by the Office of the Member of Parliament in the selection or recommendations of persons for the award of contracts was fair, impartial, on merit or on the basis of a competitive process. 

Harrison further says the recommendation, implementation and execution of a number of the contracts appear to be a conspiracy to defraud the Government of Jamaica involving the Office of the Member of Parliament, the St Ann Municipal Corporation and the contractors. 

Harrison wants the DPP to investigate the actions of the office of the Member of Parliament, all councillors in the municipal corporation and the contractors involved in the questionable contracts.

Harrison has also recommended an investigation into whether Hanna’s recommendations for the award of contracts to 12 contractors affiliated with the People’s National Party gives rise to a conflict of interest.