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Portia puts loyalists first

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM


It is clear Portia Simpson Miller will never ever demand accountability from her personal allies and loyalists who are distastefully rewarded with key public positions.

The prime minister has been given numerous opportunities to make actionable the sweet words of transparency, accountability and good governance she used at

her inauguration in 2012. The Richard Azan, NHT-Outameni, and NSWMA-Jennifer Edwards sagas are key examples.

Recall, Azan admitted to breaking the law, but yet for a country rife with corruption and lawlessness, there's nothing of consequence he can show for his admitted transgression. But he's a Portia loyalist.


PM neglectful


Easton Douglas, the chairman of the NHT board, damaged public trust through his handling of the Outameni saga, buying property without a business plan, yet nothing to show for his transgression. But he's a Portia loyalist.

Now, Jennifer Edwards, the PM says, did not light the fire, so if the board did not act, we could well be preparing for 2016's fire under her leadership. But she's a Portia loyalist.

All of the incidents involving those people have touched at some core issues of democracy, and the prime minister, in every instance, turns her frock tail at the public and runs to their defence, rather than safeguarding the interests of the people.

The situations involving Azan, Edwards and Douglas were prime opportunities for demonstrating to the country how serious her Government is about changing the diseased culture of leadership and being Shylock-like in ensuring dear price is paid for transgressions. How many times since her inaugural address has Portia returned to refresh her mind of what she promised? Is there anybody in the Cabinet who even reminds her of what she said?