On July 18, a most disturbing discovery, made by the anti-lottery scam task force in Montego Bay, captured my attention. Five people were taken into custody, including the second city's deputy mayor and a councillor. They have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in lottery scamming activities.
It has been said that an individual remains innocent until proved guilty. However, with respect to that particular principle, I believe whether they are guilty or not they needed to do the most honourable thing - they should have resigned immediately.
As a young and intelligent Jamaican citizen who believes in professional integrity, I believe their reputation has been so tarnished that their roles as leaders at both the parish and national levels have been severely compromised. They have brought much embarrassment and shame to the land we love.
The news has been a hot topic on most social networks and in the media at large. This story has not been confined to the Jamaican audience but has also attracted an international audience which could further place Jamaica under the microscope.
How could the very people who are supposed to be leading our country be involved in the most talked about criminal activity that has been plaguing our society on a much larger scale in recent times? What sort of example are we setting as "a nation on a mission" celebrating 50 years of Independence? Their actions will no doubt affect Jamaica's economy and reputation in a most negative way. Therefore, I am impressed with the level of impartiality that I saw in the police force when the politicians were arrested. No one is above the law!
I join hands with all "no-nonsense" Jamaicans, including Opposition leader Andrew Holness, that both men must resign. No "wait-and-see approach" should be mentioned in a case of this magnitude.