Passing the ball

Friday, February 22, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I remember while a child playing a game called “pass di ball”, in which we would be passing a ball around a circle and the one who fumbles or loses control of the ball would be out of the game. This is what the recent actions of this present prime minister reminds me of.

Former Energy Minister Andrew Wheatley obviously blundered, and he is paying the price as he was forced to resign after some amount of pressure from society.

Upon the resignation of Andrew Wheatley, the prime minister assumed control of the ministry and under his watch things got worse; where, for one thing, the former human resource manager at Petrojam, who was hired despite not being qualified for the position, and who was cited for some 19 violations, was awarded to leave the organisation as if she had resigned in glory.

Many are asking the question — including myself — what is so special about this person?

Coming under intense pressure from the Opposition and society, as a whole, the prime minister, seemingly having no answer to the questions, passed on the pressure and passed on the ball to the now minister Fayval Williams.

It is my view that putting the new minister under fire wouldn't exactly be fair to her, but she has to face the music for several reasons. Firstly, the prime minister is employing delay tactics by installing a new minister in an attempt to delay giving answers to crucial and vital questions concerning the Petrojam scandal.

Secondly, he is seeking to dodge the consequences of the irresponsible actions conducted by him and under his watch. And thirdly, he is trying to buy some time hoping that this issue will somehow go away.

I believe the prime minister has demonstrated that he does not have any respect for the people of Jamaica. He has behaved in a manner that is not befitting of the office he holds and has seemingly behaved in a manner that has brought his integrity into question, to say the least.

Mr Prime Minister, your actions and those of the Government you lead should bring down any government in any reasonable democracy. And so, I ask you diligently and respectfully to resign from the post in order to restore the international integrity of Jamaica.

Gary Rowe JP

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