Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie says the motion to suspend or expel Councillor for the Browns Town Division, the JLP’s Kim Brown-Lawrence from office has no basis.
He was speaking on Nationwide this morning with Patria-Kaye Aarons and Tyesha Turner.
Mrs. Brown-Lawrence has been charged with corruption-related offences in the probe into the alleged links between Ruel Reid, the Caribbean Maritime University and Ministry of Education dealings.
The PNP caucus in St. Ann, led by Councilor Winston Brown, wants the Council to suspend or expel Mrs. Brown Lawrence until the criminal case against her is concluded.
The PNP minority in the St. Ann Municipal Corporation is expected to push for a resolution to be heard today on the matter.
But Minister McKenzie says that motion has no basis.
Minister McKenzie says the occasion in which a suspension would’ve been considered in the Municipal Corporation has not arisen.
Meanwhile, he says there’ve been instances in the past where Councillors who’ve been charged remained in active service.
He says under the law, a convicted Councillor will only lose his or her seat if the sentence handed down by the courts is over 12 months.
Meanwhile, the Local Government Minister says repealing the law that says a convicted Councillor will only lose his or her seat if the sentence handed down by the courts exceeds 12 months is worthy of consideration.
He says the move for the motion to be heard by the PNP caucus in St. Ann is aimed at scoring political points.