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Azan hastily reinstalled, seen as a sign of his importance by GG

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2013 | 12:48 PM

North West Clarendon Member of Parliament, Richard Azan, has been reinstalled as state minister for transport, works and housing, with a warning that he should do nothing to break the trust placed in him by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

At a hastily organised swearing in ceremony at King’s House this morning, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen noted that the urgency of the request for the exercise indicates the importance of Azan to the government.

He said Azan should ensure that his tenure in the post reflects the trust placed in him.

Azan had resigned from the post after it emerged he had approved the illegal construction of shops at the Spaldings Market and that he facilitated the payment of rental to the contractor who erected the structures.

The Office of the Contractor General accused him of being politically corrupt and referred him and several others to the Director of Public Prosecutions for various charges to be brought against them.

However, the DPP ruled that there was no basis on which to charge Azan with conspiracy to defraud the Clarendon Parish Council in relation to the Spaldings Market affair.

Following his swearing in, Azan said he had taken the time off from the job to reflect and that he would continue to do what is right to serve the people of Jamaica.

Minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer, is defending the government’s decision to reinstate Azan.

She told journalists following the ceremony that everyone makes missteps and should be given a chance to do better.


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