Thursday 15 November, 2018

Hanna must step aside as MP to allow transparent investigation - G2K

Lisa Hanna

Lisa Hanna

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), is calling on Lisa Hanna to immediately step aside as Member of Parliament.

The organisation made the call following the tabling of the report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) on the investigation into the constituency office of the South East St Ann Member of Parliament and the St Ann Municipal Corporation, regarding the award of Government contracts in the parish.

“The Contractor General’s report brings Lisa Hanna’s political office, members of the constituency executive and herself into disrepute. Given that Ms Hanna is at the centre of the controversy and the fact that her own actions are recommended for investigation, she should do the right thing by immediately stepping aside as Member of Parliament to allow thorough and transparent investigations to proceed,” said G2K President, Stephen Edwards.

The report on the OCG's probe was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. Contractor General Dirk Harrison has recommended that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution pursue criminal investigations against a number of the persons involved in the award of the questionable contracts.

Edwards meanwhile said the G2K believes that the case should also be referred to the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for investigation.

“Given that the alleged web of conspiracy involves members of multiple organizations, including operatives of the PNP, elected officials, contractors and the St. Ann Municipal Corporation, it would be prudent to also utilize the skills and resources of MOCA to uncover all the relevant details of the case,” Edwards said.

G2K is calling on the Office of the Contractor General to also refer the report to the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency for consideration and/or investigation.