Luana, St. Elizabeth.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that he will be calling in MOCA to investigate millions of wasted funds on the Housing Agency of Jamaica Housing schemes across two Parishes in the Country.
They are Luana In St.Elizabeth and Boscobel in St. Mary.
Holness made the charge while speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for Luana Gardens Phase 3 housing development in Luana Southwestern St. Elizabeth earlier this evening.
Mr. Holness said that when the JLP was last in power, in 2008,the HAJ started a Housing development in Luana St. Elizabeth. He said the HAJ, then, delivered One Bedroom Housing solutions, for just over Two million Dollars. Four years later, when the PNP administration took over, they started building some of the same Houses at a cost of Eleven Million point Eight Million dollars per unit.
The Prime Minister then told a shocked crowd that was in attendance, that the then PNP government, sold these houses, that was built at a cost of 11.8 million Dollars, for Four Million Dollars each, racking up millions in losses to the Tax Payers of Jamaica. A furious Andrew Holness then told the crowd gathered that he has instructed the Chairman of the HAJ to refer the matter to MOCA.
That was greeted by huge applause from the crowd gathered.
But the corruption didn’t stop there as the Prime Minister told the gathering that a development in Boscobel that should have cost 800 Million ended up costing 1.6 Billion Dollars.
The Prime Minister wasn’t finished, as he accused the PNP of hypocrisy. He also turn his Irie on people including the Opposition who is calling for the JLP to do everything within the “ambit of the law”, asking “where were they when they the PNP was doing corrupt things?”
Seemingly referencing to the calls from sections of the Country and the Opposition, about transparency in government, Mr. Holness fired back that these are the things that they should be calling for an investigation in. “If you want to write letters to me,these are the things you should write me about,” a furious Andrew Holness charged to loud applause from the crowd.
Holness said that the Government he leads is a very transparent Government.
In attendance at the event alongside Holness was Minister Horace Chang, Councillors from the St. Elizabeth Parish Council and Mayor, Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, and Member of Parliament Floyd Green.
The story has been updated to reflect additional reporting.