A People’s National Party, PNP, Councillor is alleging the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, is unduly approving road works in a bid to secure an advantage in the pending by-election in North West St. Andrew.
The claims are being made by Minority Leader for the PNP at the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Andrew Swaby.
The by-election is set for March 5 when the JLP’s Dr. Nigel Clarke and the PNP’s Keisha Hayle are to challenge for the seat left vacant by the JLP’s Derrick Smith.
Mr. Swaby is raising concerns about the timing of Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie’s approval of over $21-million to carry out road works in the three divisions in the constituency.
Mr. Swaby, who’s the Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, is calling on the Political Ombudsman and the Office of the Contractor General to urgently launch a probe into the allegations.
In a statement to the media yesterday, Mr. Swaby alleged that last month, another $91-million was allocated for road work in the same constituency.
Still, Mr. Swaby says the Corporation is yet to receive funds for funeral grants and the indigent programme.
The councillor also says there are several other roads throughout the municipality that are in urgent need of repair. He says his colleague councillors have been lobbying for some time now to have these roads fixed to no avail.