AFTER 50 years of political independence, the time has come for a new generation of Jamaican political leaders, says Opposition leader Andrew Holness.
Holness was speaking Sunday to a huge turnout of delegates of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) Area Council One at the Girl Guides headquarters in Kingston.
"This challenge is about whether or not a new generation of leaders will be given the chance to take over this country, and to lead it to the progress and prosperity that it should achieve in the next 50 years," he told the delegates, who eventually nominated him as their choice for next month's leadership election at the party's annual conference.
"This leadership challenge cannot be about somebody trying to find out whether they could have or they should have, and whether they should be a leader when their time has passed. This cannot be the reason for the leadership challenge," he said.
"This leadership challenge is about you, the delegates, finding a leader that truly represents the principles, values and vision of its founder, the Rt Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante," he argued.
"This leadership challenge is about you, the delegates, protecting the legacy of the JLP, to ensure that it is passed on to the right people who can carry this party forward," he stated.
He said that the JLP has shown, as a political party, that it always has Jamaica's best interest at heart.
"When we are the government the country grows, education improves, infrastructure improves, unemployment is reduced and you can have a better of quality of life," he stated.
He called on the delegates to get their politics right, because only by doing so would they would be able to implement the right policies, to start making people's lives better again, when they return to power.
"We are going to have a single focus and a vision, which we will connect with you, and build this country," he promised.
The JLP Area Council One covers the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew.