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Letter of the Day: What Kern must do

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This week, the governing People's National Party (PNP) moved swiftly to end talk of Kern Spencer possibly offering himself to be the party's flagbearer in North East St Elizabeth. A two-sentence statement from the PNP also encouraged anyone who may have harboured thoughts of Spencer's return to representational politics on a PNP ticket to disabuse themselves of any such notion.

I sense that though he has been fully exonerated in a court of law, and is indeed to be considered an innocent man, many Jamaicans, including members of the governing PNP, have not forgiven Kern for whatever may have caused his name to be called in the 'mix-up' in which it had been deeply mired.

I believe in forgiveness. We should forgive Kern Spencer, for his name was once mired in the scandal. At some point in the future, if he so desires, Spencer should be allowed the chance to re-enter public office.

But first he must do a few things. Kern must be forthright and frank with us regarding what really transpired in the Light Bulb Scandal. He should respond to questions at a media briefing to clear the air, or as he put it, "set the record straight".

During that media briefing, Kern should also tell us whether he is aware of anyone doing any wrongs which led to the infamous light bulb affair. Does any such person remain in public office, Kern?

Having had the regretful experience of being wrongly accused, as adjudicated by the court, Kern should also join the anti-corruption fight. He should contact the peerless and outstanding Jamaican Greg Christie and seek counsel in a genuine bid to become an effective anti-corruption crusader. Kern should also seek to be an ambassador for the international corruption watch dog group Transparency International.

 

LEADING VOICE ON CORRUPTION

 

Kern should not stop there. He should engage Professor Trevor Munroe's lobby group, National Integrity Action, towards reminding Jamaicans of the grave dangers and far-reaching implications of corruption. He should become a leading voice, a communicator of the deleterious and vicious effect that the scourge and perception of corruption have had on the quality of life of the masses.

I believe Kern has the ability to successfully do these things and, thereby, allow for the court of public opinion to join Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey and the Corporate Area Criminal Court in their august decision to fully and totally exonerate him. I reckon Kern is too promising to simply be cast aside and his stated ambition to resume serving us in public office summarily dismissed by the PNP.

I also commend a similar course of action to the former senior policeman, Harry 'Bungles' Daley, who was freed of corruption charges by the court and is indeed to be considered innocent of all charges.

ABKA FITZ-HENLEY

abkafitzhenley@yahoo.com