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JLP's McKenzie warns gov't against using ZikV funds for campaigning

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Desmond McKenzie

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader Desmond McKenzie has warned the government against using the J$200 million allocated to fight the spread of the Zika virus to bolster its chances of winning the upcoming general election.

McKenzie, who was speaking at a JLP Area Council One meeting in Olympic Gardens St Andrew earlier today, said the Opposition welcomed the allocation, saying it should be spent for the betterment of all Jamaicans regardless of their political persuasion.

"If it is to be used to clean up communities across Jamaica, it must be spent across PNP and JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) communities," he said.

"We want to see transparency in how this money is to be spent," McKenzie insisted.

Making reference to disbursements from the Equalisation Fund, the JLP deputy leader said there are signs that the ruling PNP is providing money through the parish councils and the ministry of local government to support constituencies they are not sure of winning.