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Jamaica: ‘Collusion’ scandal

An audit conducted into the $46.8-million government contract awarded to Rahim’s Cleaning and Trucking Limited to sanitise and clean eight locations in Ocho Rios, St Ann, has unearthed worrying findings, including exorbitant pricing costs and alleged collusion between personnel at the St Ann Municipal Corporation and the contracted entity.

There was a huge disparity in the proposed estimate sent by the St Ann Municipal Corporation to the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for the sanitisation of St Ann’s Bay, Discovery Bay, and Brown’s Town when compared with the cost of sanitising Ocho Rios.

The proposed cost for the three towns was $16.4 million, around one-third the cost for Ocho Rios.

Through an Access to Information request, The Gleaner obtained a copy of an audit of the contract conducted by the chief internal auditor at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development.

The audit stated that sufficient evidence was not provided to validate the payment for sanitisation and cleaning amounting to $46.8 million, which was financed by the TEF.

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