Mayor of May Pen charged with breaching Contractor General Act

Scean Barnswell ,Chairman of the Clarendon Parish Council and Mayor of May Pen has been charged.
Barnswell has been charged with breaching the Contractor General's Act.

A summons to appear in Court was served on Barnswell on Thursday by a senior member of the Police High Command.

The charge stems from a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last month that criminal proceedings be brought against him for attempting to mislead the Office of  the Contractor-General in the Spalding Market probe. 

Meanwhile opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councilors in the parish have reacted to news. Winston Maragh, minority leader and Councilor for the Rocky Point division, says having heard the latest development it is hoped that Barnswell will step aside as Chairman.

“Justice is being served, you can’t continue to tell untruths from beginning to end and hope nothing will come out of it . I just hope that the Mayor will step aside …..”

On Thursday, threats by JLP Councilors to move a no confidence motion against. Barnswell fell through at the Clarendon Parish Council meeting after the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) majority allegedly snubbed Maragh's attempt.    

Winston Maragh , secretary Manager of the Council, says notice of motion can be given at the next General Council meeting on October 10.


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