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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

Kingston, Jamaica, January 18, 2018: The Shadow Cabinet of the People’s National Party will embark on a three-day retreat beginning, Friday, January 19.

The Party will use the opportunity to explore new policy directions, reflecting on what has worked, what has not been as effective as intended and how to approach some of the challenges facing Jamaica with new solutions. This is in keeping with its preparation process for governance.

The Shadow Ministers will also discuss the findings of the Commissions on Land Ownership, Education and Youth Employment and the New Economy. The Commissions, which were launched last year, focused on the main pillars of the platform for inclusive growth under a PNP–led government. They were tasked to develop new ideas and proposals that would inform and drive Party policies in these critical areas, in line with the PNP’s consistent commitment to social justice and equality.

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Julian Robinson, Press Releases
Kingston, Jamaica, December 15, 2017: The Opposition, People’s National Party (PNP) has taken note of the ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States to repeal the 2015 Net Neutrality Rules. The Opposition wishes to affirm its commitment to fully support the principle and application of net neutrality in Jamaica.
 
Opposition Spokesman on Science and Technology, Julian Robinson says “Net neutrality is an important principle in maintaining a free and open Internet. Its application will ensure a level playfield, particularly for entrepreneurs and small businesses who depend on unimpeded access to the Internet to develop new products and services.
 
Robinson says “As a small developing country, innovation is critical to our growth and development. Net neutrality will foster equal access to the Internet facilitating innovation.”
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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 7, 2017:  The People’s National Party (PNP) repudiates Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ contemptuous dismissal and rubbishing of the damning report from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) on the corruption involved in the $800 million de-bushing programme to the Office of the Contractor General, executed by prior to the Local Government elections last year.

In a statement backing its General Secretary condemnation of the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament last night, the PNP said the OCG’s report on the de-bushing and drain cleaning programme underscored the depth of corruption, wanton dishonesty and the length of trickery that the Holness government unleashed on the people of this country and ought to be taken seriously by a Prime Minister, who claims to be interested in removing from his government any hint of stain and corruption.

The attitude displayed by the Prime Minister last night was contemptuous of the taxpayers of Jamaica and a brazen attempt to give comfort and succour to rule breaking within his government. It is this cavalier attitude which has caused the Contractor General to be conducting no less than four special investigations at present.

The Prime Minister needs to be reminded of the serious findings of the Contractor General’s report including the fact that cabinet selected the contractors contrary to law, no joint inspection of work by the NWA and contractors, unsigned payment vouchers based on work not measured, funds paid to contractors without payment vouchers, which resulted in the OCG being unable to verify payment of over $507.8 million.

In addition, the PNP says the Prime Minister has not investigated or commented on specific allegations made by Contractor Vincent Taylor relating to the involvement of at least five JLP Members of Parliament.  Those allegations included the fact that those MPs instructed to whom cheques should be payable and the amount. The use of facilitators named by the politicians was also criticised by the CG, who described it as a corruption enabling mechanism.

The report also found ministers such as Robert Montague were not only naming who should to paid, but providing banking information, therefore stating in what account the money ought to be lodged.

In his response to the questions about the Report, the Prime Minister during Wednesday’s sitting of Parliament lambasted the OCG for what he said amounted to making a mountain out of a mole hill about what is routine operations in constituencies when contracts are issued. The PNP described those statement as arrogant and served as encouragement for MPs to improperly insert themselves in contract award and management.

The Party expressed alarm at Mr. Holness attempts to bamboozle the House and the Jamaican people, and said it insults the intelligence of every member of this Parliament and the intelligence of the people of Jamaica.

The PNP says, Mr. Holness’ attempts to obfuscate on the issue, only serves to confirm that he leads and rubber stamps the open acts of corruption and the blatant systems of deception in which his government is engaged. The fact that the OCG viewed the activities as corrupt and called out three senior Government Ministers for shady operations, and named one as mendacious, must to be taken and treated with seriousness and cannot be set aside as frivolous.

The reckless and corrupt handling of taxpayers’ money and the gross deficiencies in governance of our nation are cause for very serious concern.

The PNP says the barefaced act of breaching the set procurement rules and their cabinet rules in a vulgar voter buying exercise disguised as a de-bushing programme has seen no consequent fallout or condemnation from Holness who has, on many occasions postured that he is anti-corruption.

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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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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 22, 2017:  The People’s National Party (PNP) has taken note of the report from the Office of Contractor General, relating to his investigation of activities in South East St. Ann. 

The Party has referred the report in its entirety to its Legal Advisor and Integrity Commission for their review, and will await their recommendations on the way forward.  Some of the issues raised in the OCG’s report have sweeping implication for our political organization and structure, including PNP councilors. Consequently, the Party does not intend to make any further statements or comments on this matter until then.

Any further clarification on this statement should be sought through the PNP Secretariat.

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Julian Robinson, Press Releases

KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 7, 2017:  The People’s National Party (PNP) rejects completely suggestions by JLP’s General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang that the party is “responsible for damage to public property, loss of income, school time as well as injuries to innocent Jamaicans.”  The response by JLP’s General Secretary to the protests by Jamaicans over the condition of the road network across the island is silly and quite laughable. 

In a statement today, the General Secretary of the PNP, Julian Robinson said, the party supports the right of Jamaicans to engage in peaceful protests, but at no time organised any of the road blocks and demonstrations now taking place in several places across several parishes.  

Dr. Chang should not confuse or make light of this spontaneous move of the people demanding action from an elected government over the obvious deterioration of the road network and the persistent non-response from central or local authorities.

The PNP General Secretary said, instead of trying to blame the PNP, it would be better for Dr. Chang, as a Minister in the responsible Ministry, to tell the protesters when their roads will be repaired.  The people have no more patience for another series of empty promises, not after the wanton spending of public funds and allocation of resources in the recent by-election in South East St. Mary, and the expansion of the roadway leading to the Beverly Hills private residence of the Prime Minister.

The JLP General Secretary should be totally ashamed of his government’s performance in infrastructure maintenance and development. Every project now underway is a direct result the MIDP which was developed and financed under the PNP government.

Mr. Robinson suggested that Chang ceases his shameless behaviour and respond to the open protest now taking place in at least five parishes so the people can resume their normal daily activities.

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