The embattled Energy Minister today managed to outrun the media in Central Village, St Catherine.

Dr Wheatley was bombarded with questions after he turned up at the official opening of a service station in the area.

The minister who was among the specially invited guests at the event spoke of the economic benefits of the service station and seemed intent on not addressing the allegations of corruption swirling around his portfolio ministry.

Instead, he focused on the government’s efforts to improve the energy sector.

[audio_mp3 url=”″]

Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, speaking at the official opening of the Texaco service station in Central Village, St Catherine this afternoon.

Despite being enveloped in what the Opposition is calling the “mother of all scandals” under the Andrew Holness led administration, Dr Wheatley refused to comment on the matter as he sought to tactfully exit the event.

With members of the media in tow, the Energy Minister, sandwiched by his security detail, ran to his vehicle, slammed the door and drove off.

[audio_mp3 url=”″]

Prior to the swift departure, the moderator at the function repeatedly stated that the minister was rushing to get to other business.

The Energy Minister was not in Parliament at the start of today’s sitting.