Skeng Don wants his money

WELL-KNOWN contractor and businessman Kenneth Black is moving to sue a government agency to recover over $400 million which he said is owed to him for work done on a construction project.

Manchester-based Black, who is widely called 'Skeng Don', undertook several construction projects for the Government during the administrations of PJ Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, stretching from the 1990s into the new millennium. Some of those contracts were questioned by other interests in the construction sector, who cited Black's well-known closeness to the then ruling People's National Party (PNP) as the reason for his landing the jobs.

But his inability to collect outstanding monies owed for work done under the PNP regime has led him to take the legal route, people close to Black told the Sunday Observer.

"I have just been retained, so I need time to read the papers fully before I can say more," Black's attorney, former Crown counsel Gayle Nelson told the Sunday Observer on Friday.

Black, a staunch PNP activist and financier, is the official head of the central Jamaica-based Black Brothers Ltd, one of Jamaica's largest construction companies.

Among the jobs for which he is owed is the Whitehall project near Negril in the southwestern parish of Westmoreland.

Black Brothers put in a claim for over $400 million to the then National Housing Development Corporation, now called Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ), for infrastructure work done. Read More



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