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Political Ombudsman summons Rudyard Spencer

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has written to State Minister in charge of the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer, inviting him to meet with her this Friday over controversial statements he made at an area council meeting in Bellelfield Manchester on the weekend.

Parchment Brown, in a letter dated March 20, said that if the comments he reportedly made at the political meeting are true, they are grounds for an investigation under Section 12 of the Political Ombudsman (Intermin) Act of 2012.

The veteran Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament told labourites at the meeting on Sunday that “you now have a labourite being the chairman of RADA, so whatever problems you use to have … I believe now most of those problems would have gone away because you have your own manager to assist in the management of RADA … So therefore, you can't say that you are getting no attention, you can't say nothing is happening, because in fairness, you have your own manager, to report whatever problems you have and expect him to solve those problem”.

Amidst scathing public criticism over the comment, the latest from the Opposition, and corruption watchdog National Integrity Action (NIA), Spencer has said he regrets the remarks, but insisted that he was not being partisan, and that persons had placed a “label” on his comments.

The NIA and the Opposition are adamant that Spencer should apologise and that Prime Minister Andrew Holness should sanction and distance himself from the comments.

Alphea Saunders

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