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PNP councillors in St. Thomas not sworn-in so did not get paid - McKenzie

Desmond McKenzie

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the five People's National Party (PNP) councillors in the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation did not receive their December salary because they were not sworn-in.  
    
Hubert Williams, PNP Councillor for the White Horses Division, on Tuesday complained that he and his colleagues should be paid despite not being sworn-in.  
    
However, Mr. McKenzie has asserted that the PNP councillors do not have any legitimate status within the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation until they have taken the oath. 

Minister McKenzie said he met with the councillors at an orientation session on Wednesday, where the matter was brought up.

"I made the point that they are not entitled to salary because they are not councillors. They are elected, but they have not been sworn-in. So are they saying that if they are absent from the council without taking the oath for six months, they are entitled to a salary?" he questioned. 
   
He added that they also have to do the necessary paper work to be eligible for benefits from the corporation.  
    
The minister believes the councillors are being mischievous.



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