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Opposition steps up campaign to suspend Tivoli Enquiry

Published:Monday | January 19, 2015 | 10:10 AM

The parliamentary opposition yesterday stepped up its campaign for the Government to suspend the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry into the 2010 police/military operation that killed more than 70 civilians.



Their lobbying has been boosted following revelations last week that the cost of the enquiry could soar beyond $250 million.



Speaking at a party meeting yesterday, West Kingston Member of Parliament, Desmond McKenzie, called for the government to halt the enquiry and have the Office of the Contractor General initiate a probe.



Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, said the money set aside for the enquiry should instead have been used to improve the plight of the people of Tivoli Gardens.



The Opposition had declared in 2013 that it would not be participating in the enquiry recommended by the public defender's office but later withdrew that position.



However, since the enquiry began in December, the Opposition has argued that the witnesses from West Kingston were not being treated fairly.



The enquiry, which sat for two weeks in December, is scheduled to resume on February 9.



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