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Holness says Azan should resign

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2013 | 6:11 PM

The Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has called for the resignation of junior transport and works minister Richard Azan following the Contractor General's report into the Spaldings Market affair.



At a press conference after today's sitting of Parliament Holness said Azan's position was untenable.



SEE THE OCG's SPALDING'S MARKET REPORT HERE



"I have never seen a Contractor General's report that says a minister has acted in a corrupt way while that minister is in office," Holness said.



The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) consider bringing criminal charges against Azan.



Azan, who is the Member Parliament for North West Clarendon, has admitted to instructing a private contractor, John Bryant, to construct 10 shops at the market last September without the permission of the Clarendon Parish Council.



The OCG wants the DPP to determine whether their actions gave rise to a Conspiracy to Defraud the Revenue of the Clarendon Parish Council.



It says due consideration must be given to the fact that Azan, in participating in a meeting, where rates were set for the lease of the illegally constructed wooden shops and the designation of the person responsible for the collection of the rent, further implicates him in the web of conspiracy.



The OCG says given Azan’s 20 years of association with the Clarendon Parish Council, it is reasonable to expect that he would have known he was circumventing the rules.



The OCG has also recommended that disciplinary action be taken against Azan by his parliamentary colleagues, in accordance with the Westminster Model of governance.



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