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Facey takes leave of absence as Councilor for Spur Tree Division

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) has informed that former Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Spur Tree Division in North Western Manchester, Ervin Facey, has requested a leave of absence from the Council while investigations take place into irregularities at the Manchester Municipal Corporation.

Facey, who recently resigned as Deputy Mayor, remains the councillor for the Spur Tree Division.

The PNP, in a release today, stated that Facey had written to the chairman of the Corporation, Mayor Donovan Mitchell, to inform him of the decision.

"In the present circumstances, both for reasons of health and in order to facilitate the investigations, I am proceeding on a leave of absence. I will fully cooperate with the investigations and urge all concerned to do likewise and hope that they are done speedily and effectively,” said Facey.

The Manchester Municipal Corporation has been under probe by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Office of the Contractor General and the Financial Investigations Division.

Following a raid at the Corporation in 2016, the former Deputy Superintendent of the Road and Works Department Sanja Elliott and a man who is said to have been the caretaker for a property he owned were arrested, and are still before the court answering to fraud charges.

As the MOCA investigation progressed, former director of finance and acting secretary manager David Harris, former temporary works overseer Kendale Roberts, a bank employee and members of Elliott's family were also charged.

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