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Douglas should not have been appointed chairman of NHT, says PNPYO president

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 12:29 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON Jamaica:

The president of the People's National Party, Youth Organisation (PNPYO) Alrick Campbell, says it is his view that Easton Douglas should not have been chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT).




He says in light of the current controversial purchase of the Outameni property for $180 million, Douglas should have resigned.



He made the assertions while speaking recently on NewsTalk 93FM’s Evening Edition.



Campbell joins PNP Vice-president, Angela Brown Burke, Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson and Councillor Venesha Phillips who have criticised the handling of the affair.



The Opposition, private sector and civil society groups have called for the NHT's board to be sacked saying the purchase of the tourist attraction lacked transparency and was outside the Trust's mandate.



The Prime Minister and the Cabinet have agreed with the board and maintain that nothing illegal was done.



The Cabinet later appointed four new members to replace three who resigned in the aftermath of public outrage.



Since the Cabinet’s announcement a group of civil advocates has been staging protests at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston demanding that the NHT board be fired.



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