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JAMAICA | Phillips hails Wheatley's Resignation but "its not the end of the matter"

Featured Opposition Leader and President of the PNP Dr. Peter Phillips Opposition Leader and President of the PNP Dr. Peter Phillips
KINGSTON, Jamaica July 30, 2018 - The People's National Party (PNP), has welcomed the resignation of Dr. Wheatley, as "long overdue," However, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips  says his removal from the Cabinet of Jamaica, "cannot and will not be the end of the matter."

"The criminal investigations by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigative Division (FID), the Auditor General, the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), and the Integrity Commission, into the activities at PetroJam and National Energy Solutions Ltd. (NESol) must be pursued to their final conclusions and let the chips fall where it may," Dr. Phillips said in a statement late this afternoon.

"The Prime Minister, Hon Andrew Holness, has a duty to ensure that these agencies receive the necessary resources to complete their investigations and provide their reports in a timely manner to the people of Jamaica.

"We note that there are still uncertainties in relation to the functions and operations of the Integrity Commission and would therefore urge the Prime Minister to ensure that the commission is able to carry out its constituted duties on the people’s behalf.  

The Opposition Leader said "in view of the fact that there appears to have been common design and deliberate actions by persons known and unknown to circumvent established procedures to comprehensively subvert the established rules of governance, management authority and employment practices in multi agencies of the Government of Jamaica to corruptly secure financial benefits for themselves, individuals and or organisations, the PNP is calling for a full independent inquiry into the web of corrupt activities."

The PNP said an enquiry should be undertaken to identify the extent of the breaches and those responsible.

"Nothing less than this full enquiry will provide the people of Jamaica with answers to this widespread breakdown of the governance arrangements and systems of accountability and responsibility," the PNP declared.

 

Last modified onMonday, 30 July 2018 21:05
  • Countries: Jamaica

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