Minister of Public Administration Allyson West says there is no corruption in Government’s rental of the building for the DPP.
She described a recent article by Afra Raymond in the Express Newspaper as egregious with false facts.
The Government has now decided to end the lease of RBC’s former headquarters at Park Street, claiming that $55 million of public money had been spent on that property, which the DPP never occupied as intended.
In the article Raymond it was clear that flagrant corruption, or something very closely resembling that, was in effect in this matter.
He said he was reliably informed that the lease was agreed by the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA), on behalf of the DPP, and he question what advice informed that record rental level for an office which required a further $24 million in reported improvements.
During a press conference this morning hosted by the Ministry of Public Administration, West cleared up what she termed incorrect facts presented in the article.
She said another allegation that has been leveled at the Government with respect to the rental of the building is that the reason they are willing to pay higher than market for the property is that the owners of the property are party financiers.
This she maintained is also untrue.
She also explained how a figure is arrived at for the rental for any building.