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Holness cleared of corruption

Regional 02 Mar, 2023 Follow News

Andrew Holness did not abuse his office

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will not face charges over possible conflict of interest in contracts awarded to a construction company in 2007-09 while he was education minister.

Jamaica’s director of public corruption issued the ruling last Thursday after reviewing a report on the case by the country’s Integrity Commission.

The commission investigated the case after a news report in 2016 raised questions about close ties between Holness and directors of a company hired for several roof repairs at schools and other projects.

The panel found that Holness knew two directors and shareholders of the company for more than 20 years. The company had received 10 contracts totalling nearly $142,000, but only five of them were reported to the Office of the Contractor General as required, the report said.

Holness said he never exercised influence on any process for the awarding of the contracts. Holness became prime minister following 2016 elections.

Meanwhile, Norman Peart, the former manager of Usain Bolt, has been absolved of any wrongdoing in the $12 million stolen from the sprint legend’s account at Stocks and Securities Limited.

Peart was exonerated by the Financial Investigations Division of the Ministry of Finance in a statement.

Jean-Ann Panton, an ex-employee of SSL, was charged two weeks ago in the massive fraud probe where around $19m is believed to have been stolen.

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