OCG has no jurisdiction — Walker

OCG has no jurisdiction — Walker

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Danville Walker does not believe the Office of the Contractor General has "any jurisdiction" in the matter, but says he welcomes its decision to probe the export of 97 containers of scrap metal despite a ban while Walker was in charge of the customs department.

"I welcome Christie's involvement. I don't believe they (OCG) have any jurisdiction in it, but even when I don't believe so I will cooperate with them..." Walker told journalists after being introduced as the new Jamaica Labour Party candidate for Central Manchester.

"It will probably be one of the easiest investigations he ( Christie) has ever done. In a worst case scenario, I still have the authority as Commissioner so they can feel free to conduct their investigation, do it as quickly as they can, whenever they can and I will assist in whatever way I can. I have no concern there whatsoever," Walker said.

Walker last Friday resigned as commissioner of Customs in order to facilitate his candidacy in parliamentary elections which are constitutionally due late next year, but which pundits say could be called by year end.

On Monday officers of the OCG made an unannounced visit to Customs where documents relating to the scrap metal exports were seized.


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