'Kibber yuh mouth', Knight tells Holness

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South/Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, December 08, 2011


BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — LAWYER and St Elizabeth election co-ordinator for the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) KD Knight says Prime Minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness should stay quiet in relation to the Trafigura scandal, which dogged the PNP in the final year of its administration, ending in 2007.

Addressing party supporters in Black River late Monday, Knight said while Jamaicans knew that the PNP had received "a donation" from Dutch company Trafigura in 2006, the JLP had remained quiet about the source of funding to acquire the services of law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, which lobbied the US Government in relation to last year's extradition of former West Kingston don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

"I heard Samuda (JLP campaign director Karl Samuda) on radio. He says JLP has money. Well, we know that in 2006 Trafigura gave the PNP some money, we don't know in 2011 who has given money to the JLP, we don't know," he said.

"Bruce Golding instructed the JLP to hire Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. When we asked who paid the US$100,000 to employ Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, he says he can't tell us so we don't know. Some people have some view as to who paid that money to lobby on behalf of 'Dudus', but we don't know," Knight added.

In the circumstances, he said Holness should "kibbah (close) yuh mouth, don't talk about it again (because) if you talk about it again there is more I have to say".

The JLP, including Holness, has repeatedly accused the PNP of corruption and a "cover-up" surrounding the circumstances in which the Dutch company handed over $31 million to the PNP for its 2007 election campaign. The matter is currently before the courts.

Both political parties have said they support, in principle, the concept of party finance sources being declared, but they have also pointed to difficulties, including the reluctance of donors to have their identities revealed because of the perceived political climate in Jamaica.

Knight roused laughter and cheers from the large crowd in Black River by boasting that he had been responsible for the resignation of former Prime Minister Bruce Golding and the ousting from the Cabinet of former Justice Minister and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne because of their perceived missteps in the handling of the Coke extradition and related matters.

He also reminded them that he had called for the dismissal of former National Works Agency executive Patrick Wong and the resignation of former Minister of Transport and Works Mike Henry because of the scandal surrounding the running of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme.

Further, Knight said he had been unwavering in his calls for the JLP to call elections "this year, not next year".

On Sunday night, Holness announced the dates for nomination of candidates as December 12 and December 29.

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1/1/2012 - 8:00 AM
You've really captured all the esnsetails in this subject area, haven't you?
Robert Ranger
12/10/2011 - 6:15 AM
KD you headin for a mighty fall, just like humpty dumpty, reason be you a go too hard.
William Johnson
12/9/2011 - 11:21 AM
Monies from Trafigura was not a payment for services rendered by the gov't as payee was not GOJ. Monies were not a party contribution as that is illegal under Dutch law. What were these monies for?
12/9/2011 - 2:32 AM
I need to be clear on this trafigura thing. Can somebody please explain the nature of the contract? That aside, the reality about this is that Bruce Golding took a submission to Parliament and changed the law so that the Dutch could come here and ask questions. It is trafigura who is under investigations here and not the PNP. It is disingenuous of the former PM to have done that and smells really foul. More like political witch-hunting. Now I see what PJ meant about the law not being a shackle.
rob threezz
12/9/2011 - 1:28 AM
mr k.d. need to get out to of active politcs, you have your chances all these years and you nor your party cant lift up jamaica,so why a young person like me should believe in you or those other old fools, you cant fool us no more, give mr holness a chance,he may not be the best man for the job ,but the pnp dont have nobody better, do us a big favor n QUIT
Smith Andrew
12/8/2011 - 11:14 PM
The Observer is going to ride the Trafigura story to the bitter end. Today the prime minister came out and admitted that Dwight was not telling the truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth when he consistently denied that there was US involvent in the incursion into Tivoli to capture Dudus.
The Gleaner has carried that story but the green blinkers the Observer wears prevented them from seeing that news. Instead more Trafigura and boring cartoon.

Joyce Haynes
12/8/2011 - 11:01 PM
just like how Mr Holness is going publicly about curoption matters pnp should do the same take a leaf from his book step aside and let some young decent person run for pnp you old stale and redundant
Rose Rose
12/8/2011 - 2:10 PM
Even though some of these politicians from both sides are educated, they talk so stupid and unintelligent. Can we have somebody with some intelligence and who speaks properly and at the same time able to lead this country? Is that too much to ask? Too much butu behavior on both sides. Jamaicans are more than green and orange. We are ready for more than the ordinary. PLEASE.
dor southeast
12/8/2011 - 1:57 PM
Hope the people of Jamaica can see it obvious that the PNP still believed that they are not accountable to the public they say it is a donation Trafigura said it is payment i think trafigura is telling the truth and until the PNP can now answer and repent they will be hoping to go back for more they are power hungry at lest the JLP take their blame and it should not have happen to our country money it should be prison to anyone PNP or JLP.
paul wilson
12/8/2011 - 1:43 PM
Oo k I love the truth you speak
paul wilson
12/8/2011 - 1:42 PM
This man mouth is a very powerful one, remember all the bad things he said about Portia his party leader
renrick hall
12/8/2011 - 1:23 PM
If u live inna glass house don't throw stones
Jah B
12/8/2011 - 12:55 PM
Mr.Knight would love nothing more than for all of us to be quiet about Trafigura. I for one hopes this is not our reality. Bad enough we are denied the opportunity to make a decision on this. Should the PNP return to power we will never know what happened here. I believe this is the reason they are so desperate to get back in office. There is a lot more to be unearthed but as long as they are out of office we, just may find out. Should they return,FIGET IT. Kkeep them out, so we my know.
Alberto Alba
12/8/2011 - 12:03 PM
"Well, we know that in 2006 Trafigura gave the PNP some money..." That is wrong Mr Knight. Trafigura says it was PAYMENT for services. Its the PNP's words against those of Trafigura. That is why we want the TRUTH, in court or anywhere else. Demand for truth cannot be limited to the JLP.

Pat Dempsey
12/8/2011 - 11:39 AM
Over the years, we have witness these Archaic Politicians, pat each other on the back and look the other way. It is indeed refreshing to see someone rocking the boat. Many in the JLP will be nervous due to their history, but I do applaud the PM for making a stance on the issue of transparency. He needs to start prosecuting the Politicians and big players, just as they are doing with the little man in the ghetto. We will see a better Jamaica then.
justice justice
12/8/2011 - 10:14 AM
Mr. Knight fail in one area in the that he fail in his attempt to get the JLP to call the name of who paid Manatt. The answer to this question is more important than the COE & I will never vote for the JLP unless this question is answer because I could be ignorantly voting for the same individual.
12/8/2011 - 10:03 AM
@Oo K. I am sorry to say but none of your question will come to a closure,pot will continue to call kettle black.The feeling i am getting the PNP did it so what is the deal if the JLP does the same.This campaign can get out of control because i see where AH direction is taking him.
Al Vanawic
12/8/2011 - 9:37 AM
Top Rank, it's not only that Mr. Holness talks too much but as a young politician that we expect something new from he told so much lies in Manchester in one night, he make Bruce Golding looks like a choir boy.
0o k
12/8/2011 - 9:19 AM
I think all sides should say what on their minds.
So Lets talk about Manatt, JDIP, Trafigura, PNP era NSWMA, Operation Pride, Highway2000/Toll Roads, FINSAC, The exchange rate under Comrade Government vs under JLP Governments, The Economy under both Parties, All furniture Scandals, Fat-Cat Scandals, Missing Files, Powder-Puffing of Dudus, USA/Jamaica secret MOUs, etc ......Let it all hang out we need to know the unvarnished facts, so we can have closure and move on
Maude Cooper
12/8/2011 - 9:17 AM
How strange? The Oppositions wanted answers so badly about the Dudus extradition situation that they took it to court where exorbitant amount of money was paid out to Lawyers like himself but which bring forth naught. They wanted answers about the Works Department where Mr. Wong and Mr. Henry is now out of their jobs as a result of blatant corruption , but now he wants everyone else to keep silent about the Trafigura affair. Good one Mr. Duncan! Joker.
nervous investor
12/8/2011 - 9:15 AM
Star Bwoy needs to remember that the higher they rise (especially on inflated egos) the harder they fall.
Top Rank
12/8/2011 - 8:10 AM
Holness is a breath of fresh air for the JLP but in my opinion he talks too much. He needs some public relations personnel on his payroll to sharpen his image.
Jay Brown
12/8/2011 - 7:59 AM
KD Knight for Prime Minister ?