As the circus engulfing the PNP leadership race intensifies, another circus has opened up in Central Kingston between Raymond Pryce and Imani Duncan who is vying to replace outgoing MP Ronald Thwaites.
In a Facebook post,a member of the Pryce team, Jennifer House accused Imani of giving out free small buisness loans to buy the votes of delegates. In the post that is reproduced in it’s entirety below, Ms Housen all but called it illegal.
The post is reproduced here verbatim.
Today I was in Central Kingston with Comrade Raymond Pryce when I experienced something very very disturbing. Some young women from the communuty approached us with some Imani Duncan Price bi-fold Campaign flyers. Very nice they were too. However, inside, were forms for Small Business loans. The women started explaining they had received these from Cde Imani Duncan Pryce’s team who we could see some distance away, with application deadlines for this Friday. Surprisingly, coincidentally, the day before the by-election.
What I found disturbing, was the apparent suspect nature of the forms. As a lawyer, I am all for simplicity, but these forms carried no interest rates, no “small print” as to the legal nature of contracting for a loan, the repayment period, the guidelines, or any of the obvious attendant requirements for contracts and, moreso, a contract borrowing money. It’s timing and haste appeared questionable and whilst I applaud Comrade Imani for recognising the need for liberal financing to those who might otherwise be at a disadvantage in securing a loan from traditional institutions, there is a distinct unsavoury nature to these purported “loans” from a purported “fund”.
We simply MUST ensure that election races do not result in Candidates sailing dangerously close to the wind. Apparently “free money” as an “enticement” is to be abhorred. Is this where we are heading as a country? To “lend money’ to encourage voter turnout? This MUST be addressed by the General Secretary.
My support is firmly behind Comrade Pryce (WITH THE ‘Y’)…and should he seek to pull a stunt like that, such support would be immediately withdrawn. It is simply not cricket!