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JAMAICA | Integrity Commission asked to investigate MoBay Mayor's use of funds in Catadupa Division

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Featured Cambridge resident Kenroy Gordon wants a transparent use of funds allocated for the Catadupa division of the St. James Municipal Corporation. He wants to represent the PNP as a Councillor for the division in the next municipal elections. Cambridge resident Kenroy Gordon wants a transparent use of funds allocated for the Catadupa division of the St. James Municipal Corporation. He wants to represent the PNP as a Councillor for the division in the next municipal elections.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica July 12, 2020- With the exclusion of PNP Councillor for the Catadupa division of the St. James Municipal Corporation (St.JMC) Gladstone Bent, from the Council, there is concern that the Montego Bay mayor has moved to use Cllr Bent’s financial allocation to bolster his position as JLP Caretaker in that South St. James Constituency.

Last month, the JLP used their majority in St.JMC to move a resolution booting Councillors Gladstone Bent and Sylvan Reid of the Salt Spring division, for having missed the March, April, and May sittings of the Municipal Corporation without giving prior notice.

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JLP caretaker for South St. James MoBay's Mayor Homer Davis

A concerned resident of the division, Kenroy Gordon, is demanding  the intervention of the Contractor General as well as the Integrity Commission,  as “it cannot be right or ethical, that the Mayor, who is the current JLP Caretaker in the constituency which includes Catadupa, will now be able to spend taxpayer’s money to promote his candidacy without any reference to Councillor Bent, or in his absence, the community as a whole,” Gordon declared.

Gordon noted that  “it is patently corrupt, shady and a blatant abuse of power, for the mayor to be spending taxpayers’ funds in the division, to promote his own candidacy in South St. James.”

He wants the CEO of the Municipal Corporation to have public consultations with the residents of Cambridge on how to spend the funds left by Councillor Bent.  Below is the full text of Mr. Gordon’s letter to the Editor:

July 11, 2020
Cambridge PO
Cambridge,
St. James

Dear Editor, I write as a concerned resident of the Catadupa division in St. James whose local government representative for the past thirty years, Councillor Gladstone Bent B.H., J.P., was unceremoniously and surreptitiously kicked out of the St. James Municipal Corporation last month by the Mayor and his cronies. 

Because of sight challenges, and being an elderly person with certain comorbidities, Councillor Bent was mandated to remain at home in obedience to COVID-19 orders from the Ministry of Health as well as the Prime Minister, who continuously reiterated in his many broadcasts, that elderly persons beyond a certain age should remain at home: “Tan a yu yaad,” was his unceasing refrain.

Over the years, Councillor Bent who is well loved by the people, has been an excellent representative, acting for and on behalf of the community within the length of his capabilities.

The Mayor, in full anticipation of the financial impacts of his intended “coup d’état,” utilizing a technicality, and with the help  of the JLP majority in Council, kicked Councillor Bent from the Municipal  Corporation, and having done so, now has the benefit of Cllr Bent’s divisional financial allocation to spent at his own ‘whims and fancy.’

It cannot be right or ethical, that the Mayor, who is the current JLP Caretaker in the constituency which includes Catadupa, will now be able to spend taxpayer’s money to promote his candidacy without any reference to Councillor Bent, or in his absence, the community as a whole! 

It is patently corrupt, shady and a blatant abuse of power, for the mayor to be spending taxpayers’ funds in the division, to promote his own candidacy in South St. James. This demands the immediate intervention of the Contractor General as well as the Integrity Commission.

Editor, in light of the above, it is proper that I ask for an audit of all funds spent by the St. James Municipal Corporation in the Catadupa Division since the callous and ungracious exclusion of Councillor Bent last Month.

In addition, I call on the CEO of the Municipal Corporation to have public consultations with the residents of Cambridge on how to spend the funds left by Councillor Bent.

It cannot be that the Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation who has a direct interest in the area, will be allowed to have his own way in spending Councillor Bent’s allocation without any reference to the citizens of the division. Again, this is corruption, and demands the intervention of the Integrity Commission.

Regards
Kenroy Gordon
Cambridge P.O., St. James
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