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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: PS says ministry was not in charge of project

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2013 | 6:25 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

Former permanent secretary in the energy ministry Dr Jean Dixon said she never saw any document relating to the Cuban light bulb programme while she was the chief accounting officer in the ministry.

Dixon was testifying at the resumption of the Cuban light bulb trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court today.

Former junior energy minister Kern Spencer is on trial for benefiting improperly from the implementation of the programme.

He is jointly charge with his former personal assistant Colleen Wright.

Dixon said as far as she is concerned, the Cuban light bulb programme was not a project being undertaken by the ministry.

However, she said she was concerned that the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, which is an agency in the energy ministry, was making payments in relation to the project.

She said the payments included the hotel accommodations for two Cubans who were overseeing the project.

The former permanent secretary said she concerned that the programme was not being administered in accordance with the Government’s procurement protocols.

She will continue her testimony tomorrow morning.

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