Jamaica News: Some of the country’s most powerful groups have taken the Prime Minister to task over the growing levels of corruption facing some state entities particularly Petrojam.
National Integrity Action, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, the Umbrella Groups of Churches, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce said the situation was approaching crisis levels as many Jamaicans have no confidence in critical institutions.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has therefore been urged to exclude Dr Wheatley from all matter relating to Petrojam. The groups however stopped short of calling for his firing from
The groups also want the Prime Minister to use the next nine months create codes of good governance for all public servants especially ministers and train these the ministers to abide by the rules.
Additionally the groups say they are willing to engage the Prime Minister and other government officials in town-hall settings so as to ventilate the issues for the people.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is a facing increased pressure over two other matters yet to be resolved: the controversial de-bushing programme and the used car scandal.
Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) have demanded to know “what action you (The Prime Minister) are taking in relation to the recommendation in the Contractor General’s Report (July 2017) on de-bushing, and in relation to the failure of the Government to receive the 200 used cars that we purchased for the Jamaica Constabulary Force”.
Many including the opposition have labeled the over 600 million dollar de-bushing programme a vote buying exercise as it was implemented a mere weeks before the country had its in local government elections.
The botched used car deal was among the factors that accounted for the National Security Ministry portfolio being taken from Robert Montague-as all the vehicles were never delivered by the contracted dealer.
Mckoy’s News Reporter