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National Assembly approves 161 million dollars for Linden Commission of Inquiry – 20th Dec 2012

The National Assembly today approved the 161 Million Dollars for the Linden Commission of Inquiry, even as some concern was raised about the figures not adding up.

The money covers administration costs and payment for the Commissioners, the attorneys for the Commission and the secretary for the commission.

It was revealed that the Chairman of the Commission, Jamaican, Lensely Wolfe, was paid $16 Million, while the other Jamaican, Commissioner, KD Knight, was paid 14 Million. Commissioner, Seetahall of Trinidad and Tobago, was paid 12 Million and that’s the same figure received by local Commissioner, Justice Cecil Kennard. Former Appeal Court Judge, Justice Claudette Singh, was paid 13 million.

The attorneys for the Commission and the secretary were each paid $1 Million. The remaining figures would have covered administrative and other costs.

And 7 million dollars was dolled out for the work of the technical committees that have not really been working to tackle the Linden problem. The Government said, it had to pay for administrators and staff and bought two laptops to assist in the work of the technical committees. Those 2 laptops carried a whopping cost of $265,000 each.

This line item in the supplementary budget was the easiest one to enjoy the support of the opposition.

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