Solid Waste investigation still on!!!

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Solid Waste Management Authority, Dr. Bert Brathwaite has confirmed that the investigation into alleged wrong-doing at the state body is still ongoing.

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Tuesday, Dr. Brathwaite said that he has not been able to do any extensive probing into the allegations that were first brought to his attention by this newspaper about the alleged misuse of the Credit Card of the authority.

He said that there is no truth to reports making the rounds that the board has completed its investigation and concluded that there was no wrong-doing.

According to Dr. Brathwaite, all he had done so far is collect some documents from Solid Waste and passed them onto the relevant people in the Ministry of Health as part of the investigation.

The Chairman also confirmed that no meeting of the board has been held for the year and that the first is due sometime next week.

Speculation is rife that the alleged use of the Credit Card to purchase airline tickets might be one of the topics on the agenda.

Checks made by this newspaper reveal that staff members have not been questioned or interviewed by Dr. Brathwaite or anyone else about the use of the two Credit Cards belonging to the authority.

Two of the persons of interest in the credit card issue have described as “false” the report that they had used the credit card to purchase airline tickets to make a recent trip to a city in Europe.

Meanwhile, THE NEW TODAY has been reliable informed that Solid Waste authority has taken the decision to terminate the controversial garbage disposal contract awarded to St. Andrew’s Island Supply Ltd for alleged non-performance.

A well-placed source told this newspaper that the contract is due to end in August but a decision was made to end it early.

The company is believed to be run by a political activist of the ruling New National Party (NNP) government in the St. Andrew South-east constituency.

Allegations have been made that the company has been engaged in the illegal dumping of garbage in the Windsor area of St. Andrew and not in any of the authorised dump sites on the island.

A “No Dumping” sign was put up last week by Solid Waste in the Windsor area that is along the route to Bylands in St. Andrew North-west.

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