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Richard Azan resigns over Spaldings Market scandal

Published: Friday September 20, 2013 | 3:48 pm Comments 0
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Junior Works Minister Richard Azan has resigned.

In a release a short while ago, the Office of the Prime Minister said Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has accepted the resignation.

"I received today, the resignation of the Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing," Simpson Miller said.

"I have accepted his resignation. I wish to place on record our thanks to him for his hard work and commitment to improving the lives of the people during his tenure.”

SEE THE OCG's SPALDING'S MARKET REPORT HERE

Azan, who is the Member Parliament for North West Clarendon, has admitted to instructing a private contractor, John Bryant, to construct 10 shops at the market last September without the permission of the Clarendon Parish Council.

The Office of the Contractor General says the construction of the shops was done without permission from the Clarendon Parish Council and that rent was set and charged without proper consent.

SEE AZAN'S RESIGNATION LETTER

September 20, 2013

The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, ON, MP Prime Minister
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10

Dear Prime Minister,

The Contractor General has handed in his report of his investigation into the erection of wooden shops on the periphery of the parking lot at the Spalding market.

I wish to assure you and the Cabinet, that I received no money, favours or personal benefit, financial or otherwise from the erection or rental of the shops by Bryant Construction.

My legal team has reviewed the report and advised that the Contractor General has come to certain conclusions not supported by the facts and the team has recommended that the report be challenged.

The team has also advised that the Contractor General's report shows no evidence of dishonesty on my part.

In the circumstance, I wish to stand down from my ministerial position. I will in the meantime, vigorously fight to clear my name, which has been defamed by the Contractor General's characterization of corruption and by utterances in sections of the media.

Yours respectfully,

Richard Azan, JP. MP.


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