LOWE RIVER, Trelawny - SOUTH Trelawny Member of Parliament Marissa Dalrymple Philibert has been cleared of any wrongdoing in her handling of the Food For the Poor housing assistance programme in her constituency.
"This lady don't do anything dishonest. I have followed the rules. All I am guilty of is trying to help poor people to lift their standard of living," Dalrymple Philibert told constituents at a meeting held at the Lowe River All-Age School late Monday.
"Until the day I die, I will never forget this bit of unkindness that has come to the people of south Trelawny," added the MP, who is also an attorney.
In a release last week, Chairman of Food for the Poor Andrew Mahfood indicated that a probe into allegations of malpractice in the distribution of the units in the constituency has revealed that the majority of beneficiaries were in need of the houses.
"The chairman advised that recent investigations in South Trelawny have revealed that the majority of the homes distributed were in fact for needy families. In the few cases identified where greater priority could have been placed, the chairman has asked his team to see how these can be accommodated," said the release from Food for the Poor.
There was much furor in the media recently over allegations by Paul Patmore, the independent councillor for the Lorrimers Division in Trelawny, that the houses have been distributed in a partisan manner.
Food For the Poor subsequently launched a probe into the matter.
When contacted yesterday, Patmore questioned why the charitable organisation did not make any contact with him during their investigations.
"Its is odd that Food for the Poor would have an investigation without even asking the person who is responsible for the genesis of the allegations. If you come in an area that would be the first thing you would have been expected to do," Patmore told Observer West.
"We did not say that the MP has houses renting in the area, but we know of persons renting them and we still stick by that and stand by that," he added
Meanwhile, during the meeting at the Lowe River school on Monday, several beneficiaries of the houses heaped praises on the MP for helping them to acquire housing units.