"The Party takes serious issue with this ‘kangaroo court’ approach, which was not in strict adherence to due process and natural justice," says a release from the PNP spokesman on Local Government Dr. Angela Brown Burke.
The PNP said the vote taken by the St. James Municipal Corporation "was highly irregular, and does not appear to have met the most basic of requirements."
"While Councillor Troupe was aware of the resolution which was tabled on January 11, 2018, neither he nor the other PNP councillors were presented with the particulars of the allegations until during the debate," the release maintained.
"This clearly breached several rules, as he would not have afforded him the opportunity to put forward a proper defense. At a minimum, charging and sentencing an individual, in these circumstances, is a breach of due process and the principles of natural justice; and is tantamount to an abuse of power driven by crass partisan political motives," Dr. Brown-Burke said
The PNP said it is currently in consultation to formulate an approach to this latest development.
Troupe, a former deputy mayor of Montego Bay, was suspended under Section 44 of the Local Governance Act at Thursday's sitting of the regular monthly meeting of the St James Municipal Corporation, following a debate on a resolution piloted by Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Montego Bay West Division David Brown.
During the period of his suspension, Councillor Troupe will not be paid by the corporation nor will he be allowed to attend meetings.
Councillor Brown gave notice of the motion last December, after Councillor Troupe's former personal assistant was implicated in an illegal shipment from the United States for which she is yet to be charged by the police.
When news broke about the shipment, Troupe reportedly said that the former personal assistant had quit her job three months before the seizure. The corporation, however, said it was in possession of documentation that suggests that she was still being paid.
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