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Montague not to be blamed

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Jamaicans can't help but to sensationalise every situation and the opposition can't help but to ride the smallest indiscretions for political mileage. Even if it means falsifying information and that is as pathetic as it is deceitful.

Late last week after a meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), it was revealed that the dealer contracted to provide 200 vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) had to date only supplied 30 with 66 additional vehicles still held at the wharf. Since that meeting there has been much uproar, including calls from the Leader of the opposition for the Minister Montague's's. How unfortunate, that we could allow political preferences to over shadow common sense.

The Minister of National Security has done nothing illegal and to the best of our knowledge, based on the records, provided has followed protocol. The brunt of the debacle should fall at the feet of the contractor, O'Brien's International Car Sales and Rentals, which are now for all intents and purposes in breech of contract. O'Brien's won a bid to supply the vehicles after public tender and after meeting the criteria set out by the Goods Specialist Sector Committee (NCC-subcommittee). The Protocol was followed every step of the way

Let us also note that no funds have been misappropriated and the minister is not to be accused of stealing. Obrien's provided a performance bond as per regulations. This is to secure the government and local taxpayers in the event there is a default. At no time will the people of Jamaica suffer any financial loss and those are the facts.

Kaleb Khaleel

Portmore, St. Catherine