Portia Simpson Miller yesterday said she was unaware of the campaign funding scandal in which her People’s National Party (PNP) has been mired for more than a week and which has triggered a fresh round of conflict within the ranks of the fractious political Opposition.

However, she told the press that she would check on it as soon as she got home.

Simpson Miller was speaking to journalists following her foundation’s presentation of $4 million in scholarships and bursaries to 42 students at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston.

“What missing funds?” she asked with a puzzled look on her face in response to questions about PNP Treasure Norman Horne’s report that some of the party’s candidates in the last general election collected money from donors but have not accounted for the funds.

“I don’t know about that. Where, who, what?,” she replied when she was pressed on the issue.

When she was asked if she was not aware of Horne’s report she said: “What report? They have been keeping me very busy on the road. I’ll have to check it when I get home later.”

Chairman of the PNP Hanover Eastern constituency organisation DK Duncan, who was in the company of the party president and Opposition leader, rushed to her defence by stating that he was there to brief her, as she had been indisposed.

According to Duncan, a meeting with the PNP executive is scheduled for Monday, where Horne has been invited to speak.

The controversy came to the public’s attention on August 22 when Horne’s report to the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on July 23 and 24, in which he accused some candidates of not remitting campaign donations, was leaked to the media.

Horne alleged that while the party was facing difficulties in raising campaign funds, some senior members, whom he described as the party’s biggest competition, collected monies from donors but did not hand them over to the party’s treasury.

“These persons were actively in the market for what seemed to be [the] sole benefit of their personal campaigns and collected significant amounts from members of the private sector who were earmarked by the treasury as potential substantial donors for the benefit of the PNP as one cohesive unit,” he wrote.

“On numerous occasions, information received by the treasury from the potential donors was that contributions had already been made to senior party members for the benefit of the party. However, only a few members reported or accounted in full, or even in part, for the receipt of these donations to the treasury or the party executive.

“This heavily affected the party’s income and short-changed the party, resulting in a negative effect on the national campaign. Financially speaking, there was not one central bank, but several banks; some of which had more resources than the treasury,” Horne stated in his report.


  1. One week dis a gwaan and Sista P seh “what funds?”
    Disconnected much? This is what we reap when we are tribal in our political decisions.
    Unnu seet in black and white? Every contract negotiated with a foreign business by di Pee Hen Pee get Tax. No wonder extortion is the order of the day….cho

  2. Why not focus on the current government and things like people who should have been charged with murder are now ministers and that the minister of security is best friend with a multiple rape accused ?

  3. If a laffT a pop like a weasel…aaiii sah…”What, where, who, how, why?” Sista P knows har 5 Ws, suh nuh mess wid har..woieeeeee mi belly button…

  4. its not funny, this woman?? memba she no read news she say is her husband tell her what going on, and his son come on a radio station in Miami and say him father don’t live in Jamaica he is in florida playing golf, and she told the European Union staff she could not attend a meeting cause she have family emergency, she should not have been where she reach all she do is mek a fool of herself how could she say she knows nothing of this scandal pon top a traffigura

  5. Is it impossible to focus on more than one issue at a time? I notice that the supporters of PNP when their wrongs are exposed their quickest reply is but JLP do this, it does not take away from unnu corruption man the country cannot n will not do better under these circumstances kmdt

    All Portia she would do well as a damn jackass no person a leader of a country at that should be so DENSE Portia meck me shame every time she open har mouth smh Jah know star

      1. Den massa, a weh u call the labourites? To faaut, a who disgusting like labourites?? Check any page on facebook or any politician page then compare. But then again, you yourself no fly far

  6. The pnp are not in government. Those are not issues of national interest. Those are inner party issues.
    How can we be govern by criminals and be happy with it?

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