OCG Cautions Security Minister Against Public Pronouncements on Used Car Contract

Don’t make any pronouncements until the Office of the Contractor General, OCG, has completed its probe into the matter!

That’s the caution from Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, in response to National Security Minister Robert Montague’s suggestion that the OCG has effectively cleared the government of wrongdoing in relation to the bungled used car contract with O’Brien’s International.

Mr. Harrison says the investigation into the matter is ongoing and should be completed soon.

Mr. Montague is confident that his Ministry should be absolved in the bungling of a multi-million dollar contract for used cars for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.

He says both the OCG and Attorney General have suggested as much.

But Contractor General Harrison is cautioning the Minister against such pronouncements. He’s urging the Minister to await the completion of the investigation by the OCG.

Mr. Harrison says he’s seeking to conclude the investigation before the end of the year.

In the meantime, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is refusing to comment on whether the government has erred in the contract process to procure the vehicles.

Mrs. Malahoo Forte — who’s job is to provide legal advice to the State — says it’s inappropriate to comment publicly on the matter. She says she is guided by lawyer-client privilege.

The government has been criticized for awarding O’Brien’s International a contract to import 2-hundred used cars.

It’s since been revealed that only 33 of the cars have been delivered.

This after the company failed to meet several deadlines to deliver the badly needed vehicles to the police force.