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Published:Sunday | December 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Glendon Harris, mayor of Montego Bay.

Harris vows to continue long-running court battle

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

Montego Bay's Mayor Glendon Harris is now the acting head of the National Transport Cooperative Society (NTCS) and could remain in the role for sometime

Harris, who is a People's National Party (PNP) councillor, moved into the top job at the NTCS following the death of Ezroy Millwood who served as its president for several years.

Harris served for years as first vice president to Millwood who was buried yesterday.

"Usually, a head would be chosen after an annual general meeting when the directors would chose a head from amongst themselves. But I don't see us having a AGM anytime soon," Harris told The Sunday Gleaner late last week.

He will now lead the NTCS as it continues its long-running battle with the Government and will find himself in a face-off with the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration which he supports.

However Harris does not see any conflict of interest with his dual roles.

"It does not matter who or which government is in power. I don't see any conflict of interest here. I was first vice-president under the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government and now I am acting head under the present administration.

"I didn't see any conflict under the JLP and I don't see any conflict now," declared Harris who is the councillor for the Maroon Town Division in St James.

The NTCS has been in court with the Government since 2001, after the then P.J. Patterson-led PNP administration terminated the contract of the bus company before it expired.

The matter has played out in the local courts and the United Kingdom Privy Council but remains on appeal locally.

Earlier this month, the Appeal Court ruled that the Government must pay $370.4 million to the NTCS as an interim payment.

However, a stay was ordered for payment of the full sum until the government's appeal is heard.

In 2009, the Privy Council ruled in favour of the NTCS that the $1.85-billion judgment of the Jamaican Appeal Court plus interest should be paid.

Ezroy Millwood, who for years marshalled that battle, died on Saturday December 1, at the age of 70.