PNP a breed­ing ground for non-per­form­ers

McKen­zie slams Op­po­si­tion party for state of lo­cal gov­ern­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Ro­mario Scott Gleaner Writer

WITH MU­SIC from renowned reg­gae and dance­hall icon Buju Ban­ton pelt­ing from a huge sound sys­tem set up and in the pres­ence of scores of Ja­maica Labour Party (JLP) of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers, daugh­ter of the Gargamel him­self, Jo­dian Myrie, was on Sunday given a ring­ing en­dorse­ment from the party’s deputy leader for Area Coun­cil One Des­mond McKen­zie.

“We are proud that Jo­dian Myrie has de­cided to come for­ward un­der the ban­ner of the this great Ja­maica Labour Party,” McKen­zie said, as Destiny, one of Ban­ton’s hit songs, echoed on the grounds of the Tar­rant High School in the Ha­gley Park di­vi­sion of East Cen­tral St An­drew.

The deputy leader told the cheer­ing JLP sup­port­ers at the rally that the di­vi­sion is a must win for the JLP.

He said Ban­ton must be proud that his daugh­ter is don­ning the ‘Pros­per­ity’ colours and has cho­sen to of­fer her­self to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the Ha­gley Park di­vi­sion.

McKen­zie, who is a also the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter, told sup­port­ers that they had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to “do the right thing on elec­tion day” by boot­ing the PNP from of­fice.

“We have a one-seat ma­jor­ity and the PNP run­ning off them mouth, talk­ing about a lucky wi lucky. We took 11 seats from them [and] they didn’t take one of the 21 that we had,” an an­i­mated McKen­zie told sup­port­ers.

Though ac­knowl­edg­ing the

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PNP’s ma­jor­ity in the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try, McKen­zie vowed that there would be a re­ver­sal of that ma­jor­ity come the night of Novem­ber 28 when the bal­lots have been counted.

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“When we take con­trol of not just the Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAC), but a ma­jor­ity of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tions across the coun­try, we are go­ing to re­turn sta­bil­ity; we are go­ing to re­turn in­tegrity; we are go­ing to re­turn ac­count­abil­ity; we are go­ing to be a gov­ern­ment of trans­parency. That is what is lack­ing now at the level of lo­cal gov­ern­ment,” McKen­zie told Labourites.

The for­mer mayor of Kingston also knocked the op­po­si­tion Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party (PNP) for want­ing to cam­paign on the prom­ises that have not yet been ful­filled by the 10month old JLP ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ques­tioned McKen­zie: “What about the four years of their stew­ard­ship of lo­cal gov­ern­ment?”

“It is be­cause there is noth­ing Mayor of the Kingston An­gela Brown Burke ad­dresses a Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party meet­ing at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in down­town Kingston yes­ter­day.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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