Contractor in gov't de-bushing programme challenging OCG probe

Attorney Chuck Cameron

A legal showdown is looming between the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and one of the contractors involved in the Jamaican Government's controversial $600 million de-bushing programme.
The contractor, Construction Solutions, headed by Vincent Taylor, has initiated proceedings in the Supreme Court challenging the authority of the Contractor General to request information on his personal financial affairs.
Contractor General Dirk Harrison has been meeting with some of the  contractors regarding the contracts awarded to them by the National Works Agency (NWA) in the de-bushing programme.
However, Chuck Cameron, attorney for Construction Solutions, told RJR News that the company is opposed to the OCG's request as such disclosure would threaten his client's privacy.

"The agreement was, after you do the work, after the NWA checks that the work has been done and submits a certificate of payment, you will get paid. That procedure was followed. The Contractor General... is seeking to ask questions of the contractor of what did he do with his personal money after he got paid, and we're saying that's a breach of privacy," he argued.   

The court did not hear the application, which was scheduled for Thursday, as the Office of the Contractor General said it was not ready to proceed.

The matter has been adjourned until May 1.

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