PNP wants gov't to come clean on contract for police cars
The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is demanding the National Security Minister explain what is preventing the release of 66 vehicles imported for use by the police force, even after the Finance Ministry granted a moratorium on applicable taxes.
The PNP says based on its checks yesterday morning, 66 vehicles that were supposed to have been cleared for delivery are still on the wharf.
This even after Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee last Wednesday that they were being cleared from the wharf.
Describing the situation as a web of confusion and gross dereliction of duty by the portfolio minister, General Secretary Julian Robinson is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to instruct the National Security Ministry to come clean on the $427.9 million contract to O'Brien International Car Sales and Rental.
O'Brien Car Sales and Rental was selected via a competitive bidding process to supply 200 used vehicles for the JCF.
Half of the value of the contract has already been paid to the supplier which has delivered 30 vehicles so far.
However, the Opposition says the National Security Minister must tell the country what is causing the Jamaica Customs Agency to be refusing to release the 66 vehicles, even after the Finance Ministry granted a moratorium on Special Consumption Tax and General Consumption Tax payments to the supplier.
The PNP says its checks have revealed that some police divisions are in dire need of vehicles.
It says some police stations are now operating without service vehicles.
The party says it's important that the vehicles are delivered to the JCF, especially with the approach of the busy Christmas season when it is expected that there will be increased demand for police services.