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It's just politics ...May Pen mayor scoffs at resignation calls over Spaldings Market scandal

Published:Monday | September 23, 2013 | 1:07 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Mayor of May Pen, Scean Barnswell has scoffed at calls for his resignation over the Spalding Market affair saying the demands are merely political.

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has referred Barnswell to the Director of Public Prosecutions for allegedly knowingly misleading his office during the investigation into the illegal construction and rental of shops at the Spalding Market.

Jamaica Labour Party councillors in the Clarendon Parish Council last week called for Barnswell to step down after Richard Azan, the junior works minister embroiled in the scandal quit his ministerial post.

The JLP councillors say they will find it difficult to attend meetings chaired by Barnswell or function effectively under his leadership.

However, Barnswell is insisting that he will remain in his position.

"It is a part of the whole political thing," Barnswell said. "It is tit for tat."

Barnswell says he’s awaiting advice from his attorney, Seymour Stewart.

Last week, Stewart told our News Centre that he has issues with the report that he will seek to discuss with the Contractor General.

The Contractor General has also recommended that disciplinary actions be brought against several senior administrators of the Clarendon Parish Council.

Azan, who has admitted to authorising the illegal construction, has said he has no regrets and vows to vigorously fight the criminal allegations.


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