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Cabinet to discuss OCG recommendations

Published: Thursday January 3, 2013 | 8:42 am Comments 0
Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson - File.
Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson - File.

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor
The Gleaner/Power 106 news Centre

Attorney General Patrick Atkinson says the Cabinet will have to discuss the move by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), to have members of the executive criminally charged for failing to provide information on four major projects.

Yesterday, the OCG announced it had formally referred the Cabinet to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for criminal prosecution.

The OCG said the referral to the DPP was made because of the Cabinetís failure to comply with several lawful requisitions relating to at least four major projects.

The OCG said within the last eight months, it had written several letters to the Office of the Cabinet, requesting information relating to the projects.

It said it had also provided numerous extensions of time to the Office in a bid to facilitate the Cabinetís compliance with its Requisitions.

It said the final deadline for compliance expired on December 21, 2012.

The OCG said it considers the Cabinetís non-compliance to be tantamount to an obstruction to its Office, as it seeks to faithfully discharge its mandate.

It said it had now been left with no choice but to invoke the sanctioning provision which is available to it by Law.

When contacted yesterday evening, the Attorney General Patrick Atkinson, said he could not comment on the latest move by the OCG, as the Cabinet would first have to discuss it.

However, he continued to insist that the issues raised by the OCG are before the court awaiting a determination.

The transport ministry has asked the court to determine whether the OCG has the authority to requisition a three-member independent panel set up to monitor three major government projects.

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