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JAMAICA | St. James Councillor suspended by Municipal Corporation

PNP Councillor for the Granville Division of St. James Michael Troupe, suspended by the Montego Bay Municipal Corporation. PNP Councillor for the Granville Division of St. James Michael Troupe, suspended by the Montego Bay Municipal Corporation.
MONTEGO BAY, St James —People's National Party (PNP) Councillor for the Granville Division in West Central St. James , Michael Troupe, has been suspended by the St James Municipal Corporation for three months, for allegedly bringing the corporation into disrepute.

Troupe, a former deputy mayor of Montego Bay, was suspended under Section 44 of the Local Governance Act at yesterday'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, 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.

Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, Councillor Homer Davis subsequently ordered a probe into the matter.

During yesterday's debate of the motion, 12 councillors voted in favour, while four voted against.

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