THE EDITOR, Sir:
I cannot remain silent because the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) continues to fail to defend its record and that of the previous JLP Cabinet, which, by this ineffective leadership, allows the governing People's National Party (PNP) to parade its failures while leading the country over a cliff.
I watched a recent newscast with astonishment as Omar Davies, the minister of transport and works, tried to pass off his failure to deliver as a fault of the JLP. This is the same minister who sold the birthright of Air Jamaica for a mess of pottage despite being advised that our landing slots in London had great value. That advice was ignored, and the information denied, resulting in a giveaway of a Jamaican asset worth US$600 million for a mere US$8 million.
In opposition, the PNP vehemently attacked the integrity of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP) and still continues to ignore the findings of its own forensic audit into the operations of the programme, which proved its assertions were based only on political gamesmanship, and there was no truth to its wild assertions and accusations.
SHAMELESS MONEY MOVEMENT
Only recently, I unmasked a case of shameless financial manoeuvring by the Government. This was the misuse of JDIP funds due to 19 subcontractors for fluctuations on contracts. Instead of honouring its obligation, the administration has been holding back the payments in order to fund the crash programme called JEEP.
But instead of keeping quiet on the matter, the transport and works minister, in the newscast, again sought to lay the blame for the lack of progress in kick-starting JEEP on Chinese investors sticking to an agreement, although the ministry knew that the JDIP funds were not meant for JEEP.
For the minister to now say that the Chinese will not lend the Government new funds until it completes JDIP is just a smokescreen for the poor management of the projects.
In fact, I would not be surprised if this blaming of the Chinese is just another cover-up because the new phase of JEEP would breach the loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund as it would be an unbudgeted expenditure. Hence, it would not be surprising if the next phase of JEEP does not get here anytime soon!
Interestingly, as the Government cannot put its fingers on the Jamaican subcontractors' money to fund its badly conceptualised and broken-down JEEP, it seeks to divert its failure to deliver to the Comrades money, which was promised to be doled out under JEEP.
Member of Parliament, Central