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ONLINE READERS COMMENT: How do you sleep at nights Mr Dalley? Good Hope, Clarendon residents ask

Friday, November 08, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The residents of Good Hope, Kellits in Clarendon, have for years been held captive by the utter disregard for community members by the one-and-only Six-star General Horace Dalley. Our communityis sometimes labelled as little Tivoli as there is an assumed majority support for the Jamaica Labour Party.

Due to this assumption I have heard many alleged rumours that he will not fix our roads or pay us any attention because too many Labourites are in Good Hope.

Being someone who doesn'treally pay attention to rumours I quickly dismissed that.

However, to my utter surprise, I heard it from the mouth one of his closest supporters, one some would call his righthand.

I remember quite clearly on thecorridors of my alma mater, while climbing the steps, an intelligent young lady from my community asked, "Miss, Mr Dalley don'tfix Good Hope road?", " After unuh nah vote for him, a pure Labourite ova deh," the close Dalley supporter /right hand replied.

I remember a few years ago, we the residents of Good Hope were protesting the road conditions and lack of water, we invited CVM TV to broadcastthe protest, I remember quite clearly as my hands were sliced by bamboo I was trying to use to block the road.

We protested, the police came, we had discussions, interviews. The then councillor Mr Gavin Hayles (poor soul) was sent as the sacrificial lamb to absorb the anger of our patriotic residents.

Promises were made (yet to be fulfilled). A few weeks later we held a face-to-face meeting with our Member of Parliament Mr Dalley.

His anger was poured out on us; we could tell he was holding back the urge to call us idiots. He sat, drank his usuallyliquor in the centre of our Holy Ground, Pedro River New Testament Church. Being young at that time, I was afraid to ask questions as I watched my community members, one by one, being embarrassedby our so called Six-star general.

The meeting ended and we hoped to get our issues solved (we have not ), we also awaited our protest to be broadcast on CVM TV. To our despairthe videowas censored, probably by directives by those high up in society.

We protested roads, water and many other issues; we walked hundreds of metres to show the journalists the condition of the road. The cameraman was utterly dismayed at the road condition and promised us it would be highlighted to the nation, I remember, we revealed holes in one of our bridges, and roads that look similar to river beds. What we saw that night was only a broadcast of our water condition.

Now at present I hear Mr Dalley requesting $100 million to fix roads, complaining, playing victim, and falsely sympathizing with our conditions. How do you sleep at nights Mr Dalley?

Romell Eubank,

Good Hope, Kellits, Clarendon


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