The General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers, JALGO, Helene Davis-Whyte, says no funds should be withheld from parish councils unless there’s evidence of corruption.
Mrs. Davis-Whyte was speaking in the context of a recent announcement by local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, that his Ministry will not be releasing any funding to the local authorities unless the rules are observed.
During the sectoral debates, Minister McKenzie said the image of local government has been “shaken and battered by revelations and allegations of corruption at some parish councils.”
He said his Ministry would take a new approach to enforcing procurement and other financial rules by tying the payment of monies to the local authorities, to their strict compliance of the guidelines.
But Mrs. Davis-Whyte says the Government only gives a subsidy to local authorities to pay Council staffers.
She says it would be unjust to deny service to the citizenry before the administration is found culpable.