PNP Leaps to Defense of Michael Troupe Following Suspension from St James MC

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The Opposition People’s National Party is labelling the St. James Municipal Corporation, a kangaroo court, in its objection of the body’s suspension of Granville Councillor, Michael Troupe.

Opposition Spokesperson on Local Government, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, says the Corporation never followed natural justice in suspending Troupe. She says the matter highlights the need for a process to deal with these matters.

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Dr. Brown Burke says Mr. Troupe was not informed of the allegations against him before the motion was moved in the Corporation and voted on. She says he’s exploring how he can challenge the Corporation’s decision.

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In a statement to the media today, the PNP says while Troupe was aware of the resolution which was tabled on January 11, he was not presented with the particulars of the allegations until the debate yesterday.

The PNP says that breached several rules and didn’t allow the embattled Councillor the opportunity to put forward a proper defence. It says the move is tantamount to an abuse of power and the PNP is conducting consultations with the aim of formulating an approach to the development.

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