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Arscott chides JLP councillors in St Catherine Parish Council

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 9:53 AM

Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, says Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillors in the St Catherine Parish Council should stop playing politics and get on with business.

JLP councillors have refused to sit at meetings in protest of the presence of the Councillor of Sligoville Division, Dwight Burke.

Last May, Burke was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and was fined $500,000 or two years’ imprisonment.

Burke subsequently attempted to return to council meetings, however, JLP councillors questioned the legality of his continued presence at the parish council.

The Attorney General’s Department has advised that the parish council that Councillor Burke is free to take his seat.

However, the JLP councillors have disagreed with the decision and insist that Burke should be removed from the council.

In his first public reaction on the matter, the local government minister says the decision of the attorney general should be respected.

He is chiding the JLP councillors.

Arscott says the councillors actions are not in keeping with proper procedure and urged them to resume normal sittings when the next council meeting is convened.

Last month, JLP councillors walked out of the parish council’s monthly meeting in protest and vowed to continue their action until the AG’s decision is reversed.


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