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Two NHT board members resign over Outameni controversy

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Karlene Brown, Assistant News Editor - Radio



Trade unionists Helene Davis-Whyte and Kavan Gayle have resigned from the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT) over the Outmaneni controversy.




Davis-Whyte is vice president of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) while Gayle, an Opposition senator, is the president of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union.



The Opposition and several private sector lobby groups have been pressuring the NHT board to resign over its $180 million purchase of the Outameni property in Trelawny.



They insist that the acquisition is outside of the mandate of the NHT.



Davis-Whyte says she hand-delivered her resignation letter to the Prime Minister’s office a short while ago.



However, she says she was not pressured in way.



Davis-Whyte said her decision to resign was made after discussions with her family and members of the JCTU.



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