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PNP rejects claims

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2008 | 4:20 PM

The People’s National Party (PNP) hierarchy is rejecting claims that the embattled former State Minister for Energy, Kern Spencer, has been asked to resign from the party over the light bulb saga.

It also said there are no considerations at this time to expel Mr. Spencer.

The PNP executive committee decided to further consider a damning report from the Contractor General into light bulb project.

The former Junior Minister for Energy, Kern Spencer is at the center of the scandal for the controversial free Cuban light bulb programme.

However, the PNP President Portia Simpson Miller; Party Chairman Robert Pickersgill and General Secretary Peter Bunting were prepared to say a little more.

They told reporters that the contractor general’s report would be referred to the party’s internal affairs commission once it is tabled in parliament.

In his report, the Contractor General said a criminal investigation was warranted against Mr. Spencer, who is also the Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth.

The government has incurred $276 million to distribute the four million free light bulbs.

The contractor general’s report has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the police for further investigations.