$200 million judgement for Skeng Don

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Businessman and People’s National Party activist, Kenneth 'Skeng Don' Black has reportedly been awarded $200 million in a default judgement by the Supreme Court against the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ). However, the matter will be appealed by the agency.

Black’s company, Black Brothers Ltd, took the agency to court in May 2009 to recover money that he said was owed to him for construction work done under the PNP administration.

Black, in a rare interview, said the case came out of a "personal thing" against him

"It's some sort of victimisation," he said.

Black sued the Housing Agency in a bid to recover over $200 million, which he said was owed to him for work done on construction projects.

He undertook several projects for the Government during the administrations of P J Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, stretching from the 1990s. They have worked with several Provident Societies under the Operation Pride programme, most of which the then NHDC managed and financed.

The main job for which he is owed is the Whitehall housing project near Negril in Westmoreland.

Both parties will return to court in December to present arguments.