Johnson-Smith, Brown Clash in Senate Over Rooms On The Beach Deal

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Foreign Affairs Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, this afternoon accused the Opposition PNP of endangering major investment and job opportunities for Jamaicans by disparaging genuine investment deals.

Minister Johnson Smith leveled the accusation when she clashed with Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, in the Upper House today.

The clash centred on the Rooms On The Beach deal between the Urban Development Corporation, UDC and the owners of Moon Palace Jamaica.

Marjorie Gordon reports.


The clash was spawned by Senator Brown accusing the Government of forcing the UDC to sell the Rooms On The Beach property below its valuation price.

Former Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, says the property was sold for just over six million dollars less than the maximum valuation price of US 13-million dollars.

But, Senator Brown alleged in the Senate today that the property was valued at US 16-million dollars.

Minister Johnson Smith rejected Senator Brown’s comment.

She accused the Opposition Senator and the PNP of being irresponsible in disparaging genuine investment deals which stand to benefit Jamaica in a major way.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also highlighted that members of the Integrity Commission have said they do not agree with aspersions cast on the deal by Dirk Harrison in the Rooms Report.

Minister Johnson Smith further cautioned Senator Brown against disparaging what she noted are reasonable investment deals which are likely to bring a raft of benefits to Jamaica.

News Credit: Nation Wide Radio | Read here http://nationwideradiojm.com/johnson-smith-brown-clash-in-senate-over-rooms-on-the-beach-deal/

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