De­bush­ing project a breach of faith

Jamaica Gleaner - - SATURDAY TALK -

Angli­can cleric Sean Ma­jor-Camp­bell par­tic­i­pates in a protest led by Ja­maica AIDS Sup­port for Life to com­mem­o­rate the In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence against Women in the con­text of HIV, staged out­side the Half-Way Tree Trans­port Cen­tre on Fri­day. World AIDS Day will be marked on De­cem­ber 1. A woman tries to avoid get­ting splashed by a ve­hi­cle along Half-Way Tree Road af­ter a heavy down­pour in Kingston on Thurs­day. THE EDI­TOR, Sir: This is an open let­ter from Phillip Paulwell to leader of gov­ern­ment busi­ness in the Lower House, Der­rick Smith, on the Gov­ern­ment’s breach of faith and the im­pli­ca­tions for co­op­er­a­tion in Par­lia­ment.

THE OP­PO­SI­TION wishes to bring to your at­ten­tion our grave con­cern that the Gov­ern­ment has breached the codes of good gov­er­nance by ap­prov­ing and com­menc­ing a $600-mil­lion pro­gramme funded by the Na­tional Works Agency for tem­po­rary work in­volv­ing the bush­ing of road­ways and verges with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with any of the duly elected mem­bers of par­lia­ment on the op­po­si­tion side and with­out re­gard for trans­parency in the se­lec­tion of con­trac­tors and work­ers.

The work pro­gramme, be­ing car­ried out a mere week be­fore the hold­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, has the ap­pear­ance of a po­lit­i­cally par­ti­san ex­er­cise and a bla­tant at­tempt to un­duly in­flu­ence the out­come of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and mu­nic­i­pal polls in favour of can­di­dates of the gov­ern­ing Ja­maica Labour Party through the im­proper use of state re­sources.

Given the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, the Op­po­si­tion will be com­pelled to bring the mat­ter to the at­ten­tion of the con­trac­tor gen­eral for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to be launched into the pro­gramme. We also serve no­tice that this is­sue con­sti­tutes an egre­gious breach of faith be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and the Op­po­si­tion and will have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for the con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion of the Op­po­si­tion with the Gov­ern­ment in the Par­lia­ment.

In the cir­cum­stances, and un­til the mat­ter is re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of the Op­po­si­tion, we can­not guar­an­tee our co­op­er­a­tion with the Gov­ern­ment on any par­lia­men­tary mat­ter.

The Op­po­si­tion urges that you use your good of­fices to bring our con­cerns to the at­ten­tion of the Gov­ern­ment and to seek to open the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to re­solve the mat­ter. PHILLIP PAULWELL Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Busi­ness in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives



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