Integrity Commission Cannot Support Harrison’s Conclusion Vaz Negotiated Deal

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The Integrity Commission says it cannot support former Contractor General, Dirk Harrison’s conclusion that Investment Minister, Daryl Vaz, negotiated the Rooms On The Beach deal.

The Commission says evidence gathered by Mr. Harrison contradicts his own conclusion.

Abka Fitz-Henley reports.

Integrity Commissioner, Dr. Derrick McKoy, outlined the basis for the Commission’s disagreement with Mr. Harrison’s suggestion that Minister Vaz essentially negotiated the deal.

Dr. McKoy told the media conference that he does not accept all that Mr. Harrison outlined during his conclusion about the deal between the UDC and the owners of Moon Palace.

The Commissioner says, for example, he does not accept the view that the deal was negotiated at the Ministerial level.

Dr. McKoy also told the media conference he’s bemused by a move by Mr. Harrison to object in writing to the response of Minister Vaz, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the UDC to his adverse findings being tabled in Parliament.

We asked Commissioner McKoy whether he agrees with Mr. Harrison’s comment that the UDC/Moon Palace deal is an insult to the people of Jamaica.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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