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NWC investigating PNP candidate collecting money for water

Monday, July 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The National Water Commission (NWC) says it has launched an investigation into a “community project” organised by People's National Party (PNP) candidate, Jennifer Housen, to have a resident in Mount Zion, Red Hills, St Andrew supply water from her main to other residents in the area.

The matter came up after a letter from Housen urging residents to make a contribution towards the project surfaced on social media.

The NWC, on its official Twitter page, today said that the matter is now being investigated “as no arrangements have been made to facilitate this project and the Commission does not undertake improvement works in this manner."

The PNP's candidate for West Rural St Andrew in a Twitter response to the NWC, said that she will be available to answer any questions pertaining to the project, contending that “it may not be usual but certainly I spoke with a representative of NWC who assured me this was not untoward. I will fully cooperate with any investigation as we seek to have water to this community desperately in need.”

In the letter dated July 9 to residents of Mount Zion, Housen said she understands that a “Mrs Jones has given permission to have water run from her main pipe to the community. I am co-ordinating the purchase and running of the pipes at a cost of $150,000 for the pipes as well as the other materials needed to get the work done.”

The letter added that in order to assist with the “community project” households are being asked to make a contribution of $1,000 each “or what they can afford and, if they are able to offer more, then that would be appreciated.”

“I will personally collect all money under my charity, The Ashleigh Foundation. I will provide receipts to all persons for the money they contribute and I will provide receipts for all materials purchased,” Housen reassured in her letter.

Housen in her letter stated that she would appreciate if this money could be contributed by Saturday 14, July, 2018 and assured residents that she would “personally visit the area between 2:00 pm and 4:00pm to collect the funds and provide receipts.

Efforts by OBSERVER ONLINE to get a response from Housen proved futile as calls to the telephone number on her letter went unanswered.

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