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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

Kingston, Jamaica, December 4, 2017: The People’s National Party is standing with the nation’s teachers as they seek improved wages from the government of Jamaica.

The Party says it fully understands and supports the teachers in their rejection of the latest offer as there was no attempt by the government to make any accommodation for their just demands. The party emphasised that even if the demands of the teachers and other public workers could not be fully met, it expected that they would be given a respectful and sympathetic hearing as they made significant sacrifices in the past, including helping to pull the Jamaican economy back from the brink of disaster. It is this sacrifice which has allowed the government to report macroeconomic stability.

The Shadow Cabinet asserted that reports emanating from the negotiation is that the government has been arrogant, disrespectful, intransigent and provocative.

To date, the Andrew Holness government has demonstrated a penchant to waste millions of dollars in the questionable $800 million de-bushing programme, $8.34 million telephone bill, the cash give-away in South East St Mary and road work projects that cannot be identified, while teachers, nurses and other civil servants are asked to work long hours with little hope of just rewards.

The nation’s teachers and public servants continue to serve despite low wages and rising inflation. The three percent increase being offered by the government is a lack of understanding of the situation at best and blatant disrespect for these public servants at worst.

Based on rising inflation, the three per cent wage offer would put the teachers and others in a worse off position than they were last year and it is a grab-back of the 1.5 tax refund that some may have received.

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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 4, 2017:  The People’s National Party (PNP) is calling on the Andrew Holness led-Government to explain to the country the implications of the newest revelations by the Ministry of National Security that it has called-in the performance bond of $40 million which was provided by O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rental as a guarantee for the contract to provide 200 used vehicles for the police force, which is now mired in controversy.

On a radio programme this morning, the procurement director of the ministry made the disclosure and further indicated that the ministry would take no additional action to clear the vehicles until it is in receipt the Attorney General’s opinion in the matter.

The Prime Minister, therefore, needs to tell the country how this development will affect the clearing and delivery of the vehicles to the JCF to increase their mobility for the Christmas period. 

The nation has been waiting since last week Wednesday, when assurances were given to the country by the ministry, that the cars were being released on that day.

The scandalous mess has come at a time when the police is facing a serious rise in violent crimes, especially murder and the shortage of vehicles is proving to be a major obstacle in their crime-fighting ability.

Prime Minister needs to tell the country what he intends to do about the stewardship of the National Security Ministry because what prevails cannot continue in light of the present situation.

Last night alone, there were ten incidents of shooting in six parishes, which included five murders.

Since this plan to purchase used cars for the police was announced in March 2016, more than 2000 Jamaicans have been murdered and there is no letting up in the killings, even while the Minister of National Security fumbles and refuses to explain to the country why we have paid over $213 million to a contractor who has only provided 30 vehicles.

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Patriots, Press Releases

KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 4, 2017:  The caucus of young professionals aligned to the People’s National Party (PNP), the Patriots says, the time has come for National Security Minister, the Hon. Robert Montague to reveal, as promised on August 18, 2017, information contained in a police investigation of his colleague, James Robertson, the Member of Parliament for Western St Thomas.

Minister Montague told the country on 18th August 2017 that the Ministry of National Security was reviewing the 2011 police investigation of activities surrounding James Robertson, which are contained in a file at the Security Ministry.

According  to the Miami Herald, “Leslie “Les” Green, a former assistant commissioner of police for the Jamaican Constabulary Force who has since retired, revealed to the Miami Herald that he investigated accusations that Robertson tried to arrange at least two murders, and found enough evidence that he recommended that prosecutors charge the politician.

“Investigations have been conducted alleging serious offenses against Robertson and others,” said Green, who is English and a former Scotland Yard detective. In 2006, the Jamaican government hired him on contract to help professionalize the force. “The Department of Public Prosecutions made a ruling there was sufficient evidence to charge Robinson.”

The Miami Herald went further, “But after carefully assembling his case, Green said, Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security refused to offer to protect one of the key witnesses. The witness fled, and the case fell apart.”

Minister Montague said, he would ask the Permanent Secretary to review the file because he wanted to be absolutely certain of the facts before commenting.  Therefore, Minister Montague can no longer claim to be “new” to the ministry as reason to delay the content of the file.

We concurred with the Gleaner’s editorial of 18th August 2017 that the ministry must offer the public a credible explanation for that decision to remove any suspicion that its motive was political.

Since taking office, the country’s crime rate continues to climb.  Despite all the claims and imposition of zones of special operations, Jamaica has the highest homicide rate in the Caribbean.

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