The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) said it welcomes Dr Andrew Wheatley’s decision to resign from the Cabinet, adding that there should be a full independent inquiry into the ‘web of corrupt activities’ being alleged.
Dr Wheatley resigned from the Cabinet amid allegations of corruption, nepotism and mismanagement in his initial ministry.
He initially was appointed Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, thereby assuming responsibility for the scandal-hit PetroJam and National Energy Solutions Limited.
Here is a copy of the PNP’s statement issued today, July 30:
“The People’s National Party (PNP) welcomes the long overdue removal of Dr Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet of Jamaica, but wishes to strongly signal that cannot and will not be the end of the matter.
The criminal investigations by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigative Division (FID), the Auditor General, the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), and the Integrity Commission, into the activities at PetroJam and National Energy Solutions Ltd (NESol) must be pursued to their final conclusions and let the chips fall where it may.
The Prime Minister, Hon Andrew Holness, has a duty to ensure that these agencies receive the necessary resources to complete their investigations and provide their reports in a timely manner to the people of Jamaica.
We note that there are still uncertainties in relation to the functions and operations of the Integrity Commission, and would therefore urge the Prime Minister to ensure that the commission is able to carry out its constituted duties on the people’s behalf.
Further, in view of the fact that there appears to have been common design and deliberate actions by persons known and unknown to circumvent established procedures to comprehensively subvert the established rules of governance, management authority and employment practices in multi-agencies of the Government of Jamaica to corruptly secure financial benefits for themselves, individuals and or organisations, the PNP is calling for a full independent inquiry into the web of corrupt activities.
The enquiry should be undertaken to identify the extent of the breaches and those responsible.
Nothing less than this full enquiry will provide the people of Jamaica with answers to this widespread breakdown of the governance arrangements and systems of accountability and responsibility.”