The anti-corruption agency of Jamaica has posited that the embattled prime minister will not face any charges after it investigated a possible conflict of interest around government contracts awarded to a construction company between 2006 and 2009.
According to local reports, the chief of the Integrity Commission said its leadership had ruled that no changes would be brought against Prime Minister Andrew Holness for allegations he recommended contracts with Westcon Construction Limited.
The commission leaders in a letter to parliament, noted that the investigation had “failed to (either) contradict or provide more evidence in support of the offences” pertaining to the prime minister, meaning “no criminal charges can be laid.”
Earlier, the Integrity Commission released a special 107-page report outlining that it would investigate the claims against Holness, noting that two Westcon directors were “known to” Holness for more than 20 years and shared business links.
Holness said he “strongly disagree(d) with the findings of the Integrity Commission regarding conflict of interest based on mere associations.”
Records have it that the embattled Holness previously presided over the Ministry of Education, which awarded 10 contracts totaling almost JMD$22m ($140,000) over a two-year period to Westcon.
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