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KSAC hits back at OCG

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has hit back at the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) regarding allegations surrounding a probe into the award of contracts by the municipality.

The OCG reported that following an investigation it uncovered evidence of a major racket involving at least three councillors at the KSAC.

The OCG said a woman admitted to the Office that she was acting as a front for the councillors and a staff member of the KSAC’s Roads and Works Division.

But the KSAC is denying any wrongdoing saying that all the Corporation’s contracts are awarded to contractors who are duly registered with the National Contracts Commission (NCC).

And according to the KSAC, all contracts are done to specification and the works are checked by its officers before payment is made.

The KSAC notes that the fake contractor is registered with the NCC and says it is unfair and disingenuous for the OCG to blame the Corporation for the alleged corrupt activities of the sham contractor.

The OCG in it probe said it found that between November 2006 and November last year, the KSAC awarded 104 contracts, valuing almost $96 million, to the fake contractor.

The KSAC is taking issue that it is yet to receive information requested from the OCG about its investigation.

The Corporation says it wrote to the OCG seeking details of the persons linked to the alleged fraud and corruption and the contracts involved, but it says the Office has still not furnished this information.