Jamaica Minister Calls It Quits

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CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. July 15, 2009: Jamaica Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Works, who has been  implicated in a bribery scandal, yesterday called it quits.
 
Joseph Hibbert resigned with immediate effect after being linked to a bribery scandal with Mabey & Johnson and alleged corrupt business practices.
 
In his letter of resignation, Hibbert said,  `This resignation will allow me the time and freedom to clear my name and my integrity as former Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Transport and Works during the 1990s to which the allegations refer.`
 
The firm, which publicly admitted wrongdoing last week, has been charged in Britain with trying to influence decision-makers such as Hibbert for contracts in both Jamaica and Ghana between 1993 and 2001.
 
Mabey & Johnson also has been charged with alleged breaches of U.N. sanctions by applying for contracts under the Iraq oil-for-food program in 2001 and 2002.
 
Hibbert entered representational politics in 2002, contesting the East Rural St. Andrew seat, which he won. He ran and was victorious again in the recent September General Elections held on September 3  Prior to representational politics, Hibbert occupied the position of chief technical director in the Public Works Department from 1972 to 2000.
 
Hibbert has a BSc. Degree in Civil Engineering from the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies as well as an MSc. in Highway Engineering obtained from the University of Birmingham, UK.  He is a member of the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman.

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