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Chik-V questions force abandonment of Portmore council meeting

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 9:46 AM

The monthly meeting of the St Catherine Parish Council was abandoned yesterday halfway into the proceedings after things descended into disorder.



The adjournment came after Councilor Theresa Turner of the Hampton Green division raised questions about allocations for the fight against the spread of the chikungunya virus (chik-V).



There was a heated exchange between Turner and Deputy Mayor Royston Wilson who was chairing the proceedings in the absence of Mayor Norman Scott.



Wilson says he decided to abandon the meeting after he could no longer control outbursts from Councillors representing both sides of the aisle.



He accused Turner of coming to the meetings each month with an agenda of disruption.



But Turner says she went to the meeting with genuine questions about the chik-V funds.



Councillors have been allocated $600,000 each as part of the national effort to battle the Chikingunya virus, while Members of Parliament have been allocated $2 million.



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