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JLP councillors cry victimisation in KSAC flood-mitigation allotment

Friday, June 06, 2014 | 5:00 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caucus of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillors in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) today chided the People’s National Party (PNP) for “political victimization” in the allotment of funds for flood mitigation.

According to the councillors it was revealed that PNP divisions have received over 85 per cent of the funds as the hurricane season starts.

"It is unacceptable that the Council would decide to give 23 PNP-controlled divisions almost $18 million for drain cleaning while only six of the 15 JLP represented divisions got $3.2 million in total.  But it is even worse when you realize that many of the drains that have not received funds are in flood prone areas,” said Winston Ennis, leader of the JLP Caucus and Councillor for the Waterloo Division.

“A lot of drains are in need of cleaning and this has to be done before the Hurricane season gets more intense,” Ennis added.

He argued that “it is the lives and property of all residents of Kingston and St Andrew that is in peril not just PNP supporters” insisting that the drains needed to be cleaned.

Ennis said that under the JLP leadership of the KSAC the policy was to clean drains and gullies in all divisions, not just the JLP ones.

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