Vaz steps down as shadow minister

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 11:54 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica- Daryl Vaz today announced that he has decided to step down as shadow minister on ICT.

In a release this morning Vaz said, "As a result of my facing the Court today, I have indicated to the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party that I will take leave of absence with immediate effect from my sole position in the Party, that of Shadow Minister on ICT and Digital Society Development".

"I have taken this principled position as it is not only the correct course of action but also I would like to distance and minimise the effect on my beloved Party as this matter is strictly of a personal nature.  I would like to assure my Constituents that I will continue to serve West Portland with my 110% commitment as I am confident of being vindicated once again in the many challenges I have faced in my public life," he continued.

Vaz was charged under Section 14-2 of the Corruption Prevention Act after intervening on behalf of a friend charged with a traffic violation.

"I wish to thank the thousands of Jamaicans, family, friends and colleagues on both sides of the House for the prayers, support and good wishes that have been flowing in as I go through this difficult time.  I remain strong in faith and constantly remind myself of the biblical quote “Who God bless no man curse,” Vaz said in his release.



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