Government won't be distracted, says Vaz

Friday, February 15, 2019

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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz says the policies and programmes outlined by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen in the throne speech yesterday give a true picture of the Government's achievements over the past three years and its vision for the future.

Commenting outside Gordon House following the delivery of the speech which signals the start of the new parliamentary year, Vaz stated: “It captured exactly the essence of what the priorities of the Government are for this year. What we have been able to do is show what we have achieved and what the plans are, and I think that's what the Jamaican people want to see. They want to see a vision and the execution of a vision”.

He argued that the parliamentary Opposition has been seeking to create distractions from the Government's agenda using the issue of corruption at Petrojam.

“First of all, they have no moral authority to even mention the word corruption,” said Vaz. “The prime minister has already stated that he's not going to accept it. There have been casualties as a result of it [at Petrojam]. I'm sure there will be more, and as we uncover them the prime minister will deal with them effectively and efficiently.”

Meanwhile, he reiterated that the tragic death of Portland Eastern Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield should not be used as a political football.

“We want to allow them [the police] to do their jobs in terms of finishing the investigation, and I want to urge political players on both sides of the fence to allow us to bury Mr Bloomfield with the dignity that he deserves,” he stated.

The police said on Wednesday that they have made a breakthrough in their investigation into the murder, with the arrest of a male suspect.

The 59-year-old parliamentarian was found dead with multiple stab wounds at his Passley Gardens home in Port Antonio, Portland, on February 2.

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