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Politician's car attacked in Trelawny

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding
Dennis Meadows
John-Paul White
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A motor vehicle reportedly owned and driven by the People's National Party (PNP) candidate for Northern Trelawny, John-Paul White, was said to have been damaged by unknown persons in the vicinity of the popular tourist resort Braco Village Jamaica yesterday.

The alleged incident took place less than 72 hours after disgruntled PNP supporters staged a protest in the constituency.

A man who answered White's mobile phone told The Gleaner "an incident took place", but said the politician was unable to speak at the time.

Subsequent attempts to contact White failed.

PNP General Secretary Paul Burke said he had received reports of the incident.

"Mr White reported an incident to me, which we are going to investigate. That's all I can say at this stage," he said.

Asked whether the incident had shaken his confidence in his expectation that a resolution had been reached in Northern Trelawny after months of disquiet, Burke said: "I am not drawing any conclusions until we carry out our investigations."

 

MEADOWS CONDEMNS ACT

 

Dennis Meadows, the Jamaica Labour Party standard-bearer for North Trelawny, said he was with White when he discovered that the van was damaged.

"I was there when he discovered the slashed tyres, and I publicly condemn such an act," said Meadows. "It has no place in politics - moreso, Trelawny politics."

According to Meadows, incidents like these deter desirable persons from making a contribution to nation building.

"He is my [political] opponent, but a Jamaican first," Meadows asserted. "The [political] rivalry must not descend to these undesirable levels and must be unequivocally condemned."

White replaced first-term Member of Parliament Patrick Atkinson as the PNP's standard-bearer in the constituency. However, a faction opposed to White's candidacy has been vociferous in its call for the party to withdraw him.

gary.spaulding@gleanerjm.com