Former Housing Minister speaks out on larceny allegations

Former Minister of Housing Hilston “Brother B” Batiste has spoken out on the recent allegation that the former Minister of housing transferred funds from the sales of homes into his personal account.

The Directors and Managers of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHAPA) provided an update on the performance of the 68 year-old institution to cabinet on Saturday and reported that according records from 2006 to present have disappeared.

The officials also reported that monies, which were collected from several houses sold of Follies, were transferred directly to the previous Minister of Housing in the UPP administration.

Although Baptiste was not identified by name in the allegations the former Housing Minister rejected the claims describing the claims as totally fabricated.

He also made the point that there was a board over the operations at CHAPA and that board had an executive director and an accountant.

Baptiste who spoke to ZDK news this morning indicated that the matter has been turned over to his lawyer Leon Chakku Symister.

On Monday it was revealed that an investigation is underway at CHAPA concerning the missing funds.

Government Chief of Staff Lionel Hurst who spoke to ZDK news said that while it is still too soon to say why the transaction occurred, it is extremely usual.

Hurst said that the amount of money transferred in its entirety is not yet determined however, accounting records proves that the transaction did occur.

News Reporter

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