Samuda must apologise for comments about new PNPYO President

Saturday, March 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP)Women's Movement is demanding the immediate withdrawal of the statement made by Senator Matthew Samuda in relation to the appointment of Krystal Tomlinson as president of the PNP Youth Organisation.

Samuda's widely circulated comment on social media reads “At the risk of being a jerk, congratulating someone for being president of the PNPYO is like giving congratulations for a car accident.”

The post was made on Samuda's Twitter page on Thursday.

According to Jennifer Edwards, President of the Movement, Tomlinson is an intelligent and articulate young woman who has the self esteem, confidence and courage to lead an organisation with a history of advocacy, vision and connectivity to the young people of Jamaica.

“Mr Samuda's statement is typical verbal abuse of women and is particularly dangerous when directed at a young woman who is assuming leadership of the oldest, largest and most successful youth organisation at a crucial time in its history,” Edwards said.

The PNPYO said it has had many impactful leaders and the Women's Movement has every confidence in the ability of Tomlinson to lead the organisation of young people that is grounded in the philosophy of equality and the principle of democracy and respect.

“We wish Miss Tomlinson and her team success.”

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