The Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, is calling for a review of the Integrity Commission Act and its membership.
The party is questioning the objectivity of the members of the Commission, regarding their pronouncements on the sale of prime tourism lands by the Urban Development Corporation, UDC.
The Opposition is joining former Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, in criticizing the UDC sale of the Rooms on the Beach property in St. Ann for nearly 47-per cent less than it’s valuation.
Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, says based on the contradictions between the former Contractor General and the Commissioners on this matter its membership should be reviewed.
Chevon Campbell has the details.
One billion dollars lost!
That’s how much the People’s National Party, believes the actions of the UDC and Economic Growth Minister, Daryl Vaz, have cost the country by selling the property below its valuation.
Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, says the identified strategic concerns, including the billions expected to be generated in tax revenue, is of no merit.
In a report tabled in the House of Representatives last week, the UDC came under fire from former Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, who is now the Acting Had of the Corruption Prosecution Division of the Integrity Commission.
Mr. Harrison concluded that the sale of the property for 6-point-3 million US dollars less than its value is an insult to the people of Jamaica.
However, the Integrity Commission which subsumed Mr. Harrison’s office in 2017, unanimously agreed that the validity of certain conclusions in his report is doubtful.
Dr. Phillips says the contradiction necessitates a review of the Commission’s enabling legislation and its composition.
The Opposition Leader is questioning why the Commission saw it fit to comment on Mr. Harrison’s report.
Dr. Phillips is also calling for an independent audit of the UDC sale.
The Opposition Leader says Auditor General, Pamela Munroe Ellis, is conflicted due to her membership on the Commission.