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It's a beginning, says Opposition

Jamaica Observer 2019-10-10 13:32:10

LESS than 48 hours after Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips issued a 30-day ultimatum for release of the information on a number of corruption probes now under way, members of the security force arrested five of the people implicated in the scandal at the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU)

But that is not enough for the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) which, in a late afternoon statement yesterday, said it regards the arrest of former Education Minister Ruel Reid and CMU President Fritz Pinnock as a beginning, but an important step in Jamaica's efforts to clean up corruption and create an environment of good governance and probity in public affairs.

According to the PNP, it was still too early for the party to make a detailed statement but it is closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further announcements from the Financial Investigations Divisions and the Major Organised Crime Agency.

“The party will make a fulsome statement on the development when warranted,” said the PNP as it argued that other investigative reports on Petrojam and NESoL “were long overdue”.

“The PNP feels it is important that the situation, which persisted in some of these agencies and organisations for well over a year, be brought to an end and the Jamaican people be provided with the relevant information,” said the party.