DETAILS ON NEW CUBAN LIGHT BULB PROJECT NEEDED MR. PAULWELL

GREGORY-MAIR

Opposition Spokesman for Industry, Commerce and Energy, Mr. Gregory Mair is today calling on Minister of Energy, Mr. Phillip Paulwell to present in Parliament on Tuesday details of his recently announced planned reintroduction of the very controversial Cuban Light Bulb Project.

Mr. Mair said that the details are needed in light of the fact that the project, under the watch of Mr. Paulwell when he was then Minister of Energy in the years 2006 and 2007, was plagued by corruption and gross mismanagement. This led to corruption, fraud and money laundering charges being laid on Mr. Paulwell’s Deputy, State Minister Mr. Kern Spencer of which incredibly, is still before the courts.

Mr. Mair also reminded Mr. Paulwell of the damning Auditor General’s report into the matter tabled in January 2008 which highlighted no written contracts presented for payments amounting to more than $276 million, of which $114 million was paid, a shortage of over 167,000 bulbs costing more than $90 million, an apparent overpayment of over $2 million for management and professional fees, and  wide-scale breaches of Government’s procurement rules among a broad range of improper and corrupt actions.

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2 responses to “DETAILS ON NEW CUBAN LIGHT BULB PROJECT NEEDED MR. PAULWELL

  1. I do think we need details, indeed. I guess there are still some free light bulbs left over, ready and waiting in Cuba? I mentioned it in my blog post today – and that fact that Mr. Spencer and Ms. Wright’s case has not yet come to court, more than five years later. What HAS happened to that case by the way!

  2. I think it shows total disregard for Jamaicans and arrogance on the part of this Government to even suggest the resurrection of this program without first clearing the fraud case that is before the courts.

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