The Police have confirmed that they’re investigating matters in relation to allegations of cronyism in the award of millions of dollars in Government contracts via the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.
South East St Ann Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna, her husband businessman Richard Lake and a member of Hanna’s constituency executive, Joan McDonald, are at the heart of the allegations.
All three have denied wrongdoing.
Fitz Bailey is Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of the Crime Portfolio in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF.
Fitz Bailey, Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of the Crime Portfolio in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, speaking last evening with nationwide News.
Last week, it emerged that the Office of the DPP said there was no allegation or evidence that Hanna departed from established procurement procedures and that a prosecutor could not prove either willful misconduct or abuse of public trust.
But the DPP says the Contractor General’s findings showed up “a culture of negligence and unethical management in the award of contracts developed in the St Ann Municipal Corporation acting under the aegis of Miss Hanna”.
In the meantime, in a statement on Sunday, the People’s National Party, PNP, said the ruling of the Director of Public Prosecutions DPP totally and completely exonerated Ms Hanna.
But, DPP Paula Llewelyn, told Nationwide News last evening that her ruling has not exonerated anyone.
Paula Llewellyn, Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, speaking last evening with Nationwide News.