Phillips stops short of calling for Wheatley's resignation

Friday, June 22, 2018

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MANCHESTER, Jamaica — Stopping short of calling for the resignation of Energy Minister, Dr Andrew Wheatley, leader of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips called for a proper “accounting” from the minister regarding alleged corrupt behaviour and irregularities at the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam.

Phillips, who was speaking to an audience of mostly PNP supporters on Thursday at the launch of community development projects in Greenvale, just west of the Mandeville town centre, which is represented by his son Mikael, Member of Parliament for Manchester North Western, said that Wheatley had serious questions to answer.

“At the very minimum the minister needs to give us an accounting of his role in the period when these clear breaches of rules occurred. The people of Jamaica need to have their trust in their institutions restored. It can only be restored if there is an accounting…,” Phillips said.

When asked by journalists as to whether he was calling for the resignation of Wheatley, Phillips said: “I am saying we need to hear from him first”.

PetroJam is in the midst of a growing firestorm over allegations of victimisation, nepotism and misuse of funds running into many millions of dollars at the oil refinery which is owned by the Jamaican government (51 per cent) and Venezuela (49 per cent).

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Garfield Myers

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