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Opposition demands PM's intervention over apparent conflicting Tivoli Enquiry cost reports

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 2:40 PM

The Opposition is demanding the intervention of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller following what it says are conflicting reports from her administration on the cost of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.

Last week, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the cabinet had approved $335 million for the commission.

However, yesterday, Finance Minister, Dr Peter Phillips told journalists at a press conference that a final figure has not been agreed.

He also said reports on the figures are not sound although most of them have come from his colleague Cabinet minister.

However, Opposition Spokesperson, on Finance, Audley Shaw, says the different statements from Dr Phillips and Senator Golding are disgraceful and disrespectful to Jamaicans.

He says Simpson Miller needs to step in and resolve the situation.

The Justice Minister says the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is more expensive than previous enquiries due to its broader scope.

And the Opposition Spokesperson on Justice, Senator Alexander Williams, has said the fees being charged by the commissioners and counsel to the commission are in line with the usual rates for senior counsel.

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