Chairman of the Tivoli Committee Lloyd D’Aguilar has written to the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, seeking clarity on a 3-hundred thousand US or 35-million Jamaican dollar grant to the government.
The letter has been addressed to the UNDP’s representative to Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap.
Mr. D’Aguilar says the grant, was intended to be used to provide legal and financial aid to residents of Tivoli Gardens who participate in the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.
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Lloyd D’Aguilar wants to know what has happened to the MOU signed between the UNDP and the Jamaican government signed in August last year.
Mr. D’Aguilar says the Tivoli residents who have already testified at the ongoing enquiry or are planning to, deserve to know what has happened to the funds earmarked to assist them.
The MOU states that the Justice Ministry was to provide efficient and transparent legal aid counsel to the witnesses, victims and other community members, directly taking part in the commission.
Mr D’Aguilar says to the best of his knowledge, no such assistance has been provided.
According to Mr. D’Aguilar, he fears the money may have been used to pay the salaries of the commissioners at the enquiry.