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Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Davies bashes OCG

"RIDICULOUS," SAID Dr Omar Davies, the minister of transport, works and housing, in response to Contractor General Greg Christie who said unsolicited proposals are corruption-enabling devices.

"I have seen many open tenders that are corrupt," Davies told The Gleaner yesterday. "The notion that because it is an unsolicited proposal it is inherently corrupt is ridiculous," said Davies.

The Office of the Contractor General yesterday fired a second salvo at the Cabinet for its decision to set up an independent oversight panel to monitor the award of contracts to three investment projects.

But Davies, the portfolio minister for the projects, said he would not be drawn into any discussions about the contractor general's letters or press releases.

Murders rise

While all major crimes continue to trend down, police records are showing that five more people have been murdered so far this year when compared with the corresponding period for 2011.

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's weekly crime statistics, up to Sunday at least 334 persons had been killed since January.