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Pressure building for tabling of Auditor General's report on CMU

Leader of Opposition Business in the House Dr Morais Guy and PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson

 

The parliamentary opposition has questioned why a report completed by the auditor general concerning alleged corruption at Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has not been tabled in the House of Representatives.

Leader of opposition business in the House of Representatives Dr. Morais Guy raised the issue on Tuesday, during the first sitting since the Christmas break.

Dr. Guy noted the tabling of several other documents and questioned the absence of the CMU audit report.

House Speaker Pearnel Charles said the report is yet to be delivered to him, after which it will be tabled.

The Auditor General's Department started its audit of CMU early last year following allegations of breaches and misuse of public funds, involving the Ministry of Education and the institution.

Last June, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis cited irregularities in a contract between the CMU and the ministry for classroom repairs. She said the matter would be further addressed in the report on the CMU.

Criminal charges have been laid against CMU president Dr. Fritz Pinnock and Former education minister Ruel Reid in relation to some of the irregularities at the university.

Julian Robinson, General Secretary of the People's National Party, told RJR News Tuesday night that the opposition will be taking "strong action" if the report is not tabled next week.

He insisted that the Speaker has no authority to determine when reports are tabled in Parliament, adding that the the opposition had been informed that the Speaker had indeed received the report, and that this was "well in advance of the sitting," which, if true, meant that "he should have simply tabled the report".

 



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