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House Speaker rules that PM should provide Parliament with Outameni purchase documents

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 8:40 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, this afternoon ruled that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller provide the Upper House with documents on the Outameni purchase.

The Trealwny property on which the Outameni Experience attraction was located was bought by the National Housing Trust for $180 million.

In the meantime, Simpson Miller said the Government will release all information on the matter to the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and the Auditor General’s Department (AGD).

Both offices have launched investigations into the deal.

WATCH: A trip to the Outameni Experience

Simpson Miller was speaking in parliament today today while responding to questions from Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness.

Holness had argued that the Outameni purchase is a matter of great public interest so the Prime Minister must come clean with the country.

The Leader of Government Business, Phillip Paulwell rose on a point of order stating that releasing the documents would be inappropriate.

However, the House Speaker disagreed and said all the documents which the Government plans to handover to the OCG and the AGD must be provided to the Parliament.

Meanwhile, Holness pressed the Prime Minister on the discussions she held with the NHT board on the Outameni purchase and what directives, if any, she gave to them.

Simpson Miller admitted that she met with the board of the NHT after learning about the Outameni purchase.

However, she said disclosing details of those discussions may compromise investigations into the matter.

But, Holness was not satisfied with the response and accused of Simpson Miller of exercising weak leadership.


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