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Political activists shouldn’t run NSWMA – Wheatley

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 7:15 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Deputy General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Andrew Wheatley is calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to remove the head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Jennifer Edwards.

Dr Wheatley’s call comes after reports that Edwards addressed the PNP Conference held on the weekend without regard for the fact that she is hired to the civil service as head of the NSWMA.

“You can’t be running a state agency and still be an active political activist. We can’t be sure of the motives of Ms Edwards in her decisions and we can’t be certain of her prudence in making decisions for the NSWMA and whether these decisions are based on what is in the best interest of the PNP or the NSWMA,” Dr Wheatley said.

His call comes two months after Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) affiliate, Women’s Freedom Movement (WFM) called for Edwards’ dismissal for retaining the post of president of the PNP's Women's Movement, in spite of being the head of a state-run agency.

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