Jamaican luxury hotel divestment investigated

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Government agencies have been ordered by by Jamaican PM to cooperate fully with the probe into the proposed sale of Jamaica’s interest in a luxury hotel.

According to AP, Prime Minister Bruce Golding said agencies must work with Jamaica’s contractor general in a probe of the proposed divestment of Sandals Whitehouse Hotel in Westmoreland, a western parish of the island.

The contractor general has said the government’s divestment documents raise what it calls “significant questions of national import.”

In Parliament on Tuesday, Golding said Jamaican taxpayers will shoulder a substantial portion of the $120 million-plus that has been spent on a project that he says was “very badly executed.”

He says divestment would “minimize the losses.”