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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Project was not considered political, says former Petroleum Corp boss
2013-09-05 14:57:09 | (0 Comments)
Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Former group managing director of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Dr Ruth Potopsingh, this morning testified that she did not consider the Cuban light bulb programme a political project.
Potopsingh said she was of the view that it was a project under the control of the then energy ministry.
She said she formed the view because the national energy plan, which the PCJ had to implement, was prepared by the ministry.
She was giving evidence at the Cuban light bulb trial in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
This contradicts testimony from former permanent secretary in the then energy ministry, Dr Jean Dixon, who said that she first thought that the Cuban light bulb programme was a political project.
Potopsingh said the PCJ agreed to fund the expanded programme at a cost of $30 million.
She said the PCJ asked for a project plan because it wanted to see how its resources were being used.
Former Junior Minister Kern Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright are on trial in relation to the implementation of the Cuban light bulb project.
They are accused of benefiting improperly from its implementation.
Spencer and Wright are facing corruption and money laundering charges.
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