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Opposition wants Gov't to answer questions tabled in Parliament

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Opposition People's National Party says it is disturbed that the Andrew Holness-led administration continues to show disregard to the Parliament and the people of Jamaica by refusing to answer questions tabled in the Lower House.

Member of Parliament for South East St Andrew, Julian Robinson said “I tabled questions to the Minister of Technology Andrew Wheatley on the status of the telecoms licenses issued to CARICEL, which were due to be answered today. No answers were given. Previously I had tabled questions to the prime minister from January 2017 on the same issue and again no answers were provided".

Robinson in a release from the party also noted that the issues related to CARICEL have national security implications as well as concerns relating to Jamaica's international trading partners.

The party said that against the explicit recommendation of the Contractor General not to award telecoms licenses to CARICEL, the Government went ahead and granted licenses to the company in 2016.

It added that after the United States government intervened and revoked visas of persons connected to the company, the Government took steps to revoke the licenses awarded to the company.

“The company took the Government to court seeking an injunction to bar the Government from proceeding with the revocation. Since then there has been no statement from the Government on the matter. Earlier this year, media reports indicated that the company was sold to a South African company. To date, the Andrew Holness Administration has not provided an update to the country.”

Robinson said: “The Government's approach to the CARICEL issue is simply unacceptable and a disregard for good governance.”

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