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Gov't mum on damning reports

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2013 | 12:35 PM

Two days after the Office of the Contractor General sent out two damning reports to the relevant authorities, the Government is yet to formulate a response to the findings.

The reports tabled in parliament yesterday after which they were made public recommended that disciplinary action be taken against several public officials including a government minister, a state minister and a mayor.

In one report the OCG recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions consider bringing criminal charges against junior works minister, Richard Azan and others in relation to the Spaldings market affair.

And in the other, the OCG said energy minister Phillip Paulwell interfered with the bidding process for the 360 megawatt project when he accepted a late bid from Energy World International.

At this morning’s post-Cabinet press briefing, minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer, sought to head off any questions on the reports:

"Before we open the floor for questions, I just want to say we know that you are very anxious to get reactions from this administration, to the Contractor General's reports which were tabled in parliament yesterday," said Falconer. "The Prime Minister and the cabinet have not yet had a chance to review and discuss the report fully. In addition the two ministers featured asked for more time to review the report and in the case of one minister to consult with his lawyers. I am not able to entertain questions on this matter today and as soon as the reviews have been done, we will update you."

Journalists continued to press for answers but Miss Falconer would not relent insisting the government had no response at this time.

She insisted the Prime Minister had only received a copy of the report yesterday afternoon, though the OCG says it sent copies to various departments including to the cabinet ministers involved on Monday.

Miss Falconer could not say how soon the Cabinet would meet to consider the two reports, stating that, "I cannot [give] a time right."

Miss Falconer said the public will be updated after the Cabinet meets.

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