Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis­ — Meadows

Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis­ — Meadows

JLP caretaker calls for action as Trelawny residents take to the street

Monday, January 25, 2016

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SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Trelawny Northern Dennis Meadows yesterday called for laws to be enacted to penalise politicians who provide service to their constituents on a partisan basis.

"Legislation must be enacted to criminalise the provision of public services, such as road, water and other amenities, on a partisan basis," he argued.

"When these residents go to pay their taxes, nobody asks them if they are JLP or PNP (People’s National Party); therefore, taxpayers’ money must not be spent on a partisan basis."

Meadows, a former senator who unsuccessfully contested the Trelawny Northern seat in the last two general elections, was speaking with the

Observer following yesterday’s demonstration by residents of Davis Pen and several adjoining communities in the area over poor road conditions.

The angry placard-bearing residents used boulders, tree trunks, old tyres and other materials to block the roadway between Salt Marsh in Trelawny and Goodwill, St James, claiming that despite several representations made to the Trelawny Parish Council and the National Works Agency (NWA), the road has been in a deplorable state for more than three years.

"The road that leads from Salt Marsh to Goodwill and to Adelphi is in a very bad, bad condition for many, many years. Where are our political representatives?" asked Tony Clarke, one of the protestors, who resides in Davis Pen.

"I rarely see our councillor. As for our member of parliament, I don’t even know him; I have never seen him," added Clarke.

Christopher McGhie, another protestor, told the
Observer that he has been to the offices of the NWA in Falmouth several times over the last year seeking assistance to get the road repaired, but was told that there is no funding to effect the necessary repairs.

Yesterday Meadows, who said he was in full support of the demonstration, argued that "for too often residents are made to feel less than taxpaying citizens because of their perceived support for one party or the other.

"The residents are crying political victimisation because the area is perceived to be a JLP community," he charged, adding that "the residents are at their wits’ end in trying to cope with the atrocious condition of the road".

He appealed to member of parliament for the area Patrick Atkinson "to lend some leadership in identifying funds to effect repairs to the roadway".

— Mark Cummings

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