As the battle over the Government’s 600 million bushing program rages on, LBC NEWS has uncovered information that clearly shows the PNP is playing politics with what the government is trying to do.
In a Gleaner article in November 2015 just before the General Elections the Local Government Minister then, Noel Arscot announced a similar program that included bushing and drain cleaning. The article states that:
‘Local Government Minister,Noel Arscot, says the initiative, which started last week, is aimed at cleaning critical drains and carrying out bushing in major towns.
He says special emphasis is being placed on identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites.
He says the programme will continue through the Christmas season and possibly into the New Year.’
That program came about at the time when the PNP was facing stiff Opposition from the JLP and also was in the throes of a civil war. The work at the time was dominated by sympathizers of the PNP. Some of that work also came to Southwest St. Elizabeth where then Member of Parliament Hugo Buchanan was trailing current MP Floyd Green.
On the bushing of the road banks from the Black River High School to the community of Hodges, the person’s doing the work was clad in PNP shirts and armbands. It wasn’t just on that particular project either ad it was seen elsewhere.
Everything did not go to plan at the time as the money was not paid out on time and it cause serious problems with many of the comrades that did the work. Some even accosted the then MP it’s alledged.
With that in mind the PNP is in no position to claim the moral high ground on the alledged 600 million bushing program to claid victimization.
One instance of victimization under the PNP November vote buying scheme, was that none of the bushing that was ungoing in the Southwest St. Elizabeth Constituency took place in the labour party stronghold of Slipe. They were conveniently left out even though the area is prone to harbour mosquitoes because of its close proximity to the Black River greater morass area.