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The vindication of Kern Spencer and Coleen Wright

BY ROBERT DALLEY

Wednesday, April 09, 2014    

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KERN Spencer and Coleen Wright were found not guilty. Justice must not only be done, but it must manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. No credible evidence came out during the course of the trial to substantiate the claim by the prosecution that Kern Spencer and Coleen Wright committed any criminal act and, therefore, the verdict of not guilty was proffered by the erudite judge who presided over the trial which lasted for the period of six long years which caused much hardship unto both Spencer and Wright to say the least.

Both have been through a very legally oppressive time in the court over that extensive period of time, however, it shows in many respects that attaining justice can be a very lengthy and excruciating process, especially because the country has a very under-equipped, understaffed, and grossly inefficient system.

Spencer and Wright have been immensely lambasted, scoffed at, viciously criticised in the most disparaging way possible, even before the start of the trial, and this demonstrates the lack of regard for justice and due process in this country which is most unfortunate, tragic and despicable to say the least. When people are charged with criminal offences they are legally and lawfully presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and it is within this context that those various disparaging comments were intrinsically scandalous, obnoxious and outlandish, frankly speaking.

A future leader

The incontrovertible fact is that Kern Spencer is very brilliant, intellectually astute, and a future leader of the People's National Party. He was brought into the party by political icon, esteemed political masterpiece and distinguished former Prime Minister Percival Patterson, and there is no doubt in my mind that he has much to strategically contribute to the country in representational politics. Already some of his former constituents are vociferously calling for him to return to his former constituency in the next general election, and this has been publicly reported and political analysts are of the opinion that in due course he could make a return to representational politics and be re elected as a member of Parliament for he is quite a popular, respected and highly professional politician with a sound background in his constituency.

Justice clearly has been done in this case relating to the charges which were made against Kern Spencer and Coleen Wright, and it is my fervent hope that he will be given the privilege to represent his former constituency. Jamaica's political landscape requires intellectually brilliant, highly devoted, dedicated, forward-thinking, exceedingly professional and respectable young persons such as Kern Spencer to represent constituencies throughout the country and other energetic persons who are sincere and are deeply interested in the overall improvement and development of the country in its broadest sense. Senior party members and ministers such as Phillip Paulwell, Peter Phillips, Lisa Hanna, Ian Hayles, Raymond Pryce, Wykeham McNeill, Peter Bunting, Julian Robinson, and Damion Crawford have all done the party proud and are factually future and potential leaders of the People's National Party and Jamaica. The intellectual and sagacious Kern Spencer is among this group.

The way forward

The issue of justice must be paramount in terms of policy for the Portia Simpson Miller-led Administration, and there still remains much more work to be effectively carried out within the country's justice system. It is, therefore, most imperative that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller ensures, as head of the government, that the Justice Reform Task Force Report be judiciously, practically and strategically implemented to allow the country to have an equipped, efficient, modern, professional, trustworthy, and vastly transparent justice and court system — very important for this country at this time.

Much more funds, in terms of from the budget, must be allocated to the justice ministry in order to facilitate and allow the overall modernisation of the justice system. The Jamaican population must be able to have full trust, faith and confidence in the justice system, and investors in this country must also trust the system.

Not all politicians are corrupt, inept, disloyal Jamaican citizens and are selfish to their own respective ends. There are many hard-working, dedicated, honest and devoted serving politicians in this country who do their jobs exceedingly well on a daily basis and serve their constituencies with utmost distinction, probity and honour and are working assiduously, studiously and unremittingly for the overall good of the country and we must firmly support them as well in the interests of the expansion and development of this great nation, Jamaica. It takes a tremendous amount of courage, determination, discipline, funds, lack of family time, and sacrifice to enter and serve in representational politics which is a very challenging job in many respects, and we as a country must be made to understand that politics is the highest form of public service which one can give to one's country and they all require our full support. If we consistently lambaste, viciously and corruptly criticise and tear down the politicians then bright, brilliant and young persons will not find it prudent to enter and serve in representational politics, and we really and truly require more young persons in representational politics.

Robert Dalley, BA is a corporate business manager in Montego Bay, James. Send comments to robertdalley1@hotmail.com.

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