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Olympics Prime Minister?

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 11:00 AM

Dear Editor, Sir

Leaders are supposed to be accountable and answerable to the people they lead. Leaders should demonstrate good leadership qualities. A good leader is one who is visible, vocal and attentive to the people he/she leads. It cannot be that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is only visible to the nation when the election draws near.

It is evidently clear that the prime minister of Jamaica is not accountable to us because we allow her to do the same things over and over again. From February 2006 to September 2007, she reflected poor leadership skills when she took the reigns as Prime Minister. It's been four years since she was elected by the people of Jamaica and she has since shown no representation as a leader.

The prime minister acts only in the interests of her party and protects her party rather than to act in the interests of the nation. It was quite evident that it was after public outcry and outrage she responded to the dead babies scandal which rocked the nation, where she did little by reassigning Dr Fenton Ferguson to another ministry. A number of women and children have been raped and killed and she hasn't demonstrated any effective leadership. On a few occasions, she spoke, but not enough. It seems to us that if there is no public outcry she will not respond.

Why is it that the only time our prime minister speaks is when the election is fast approaching? Why is it that the prime minister only sees it fit to dispatch press releases when the nation is calling for her to act on a matter? Is it that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is a world cup or Olympics prime minister, only appearing every four years?

Kimberly Rowe

kimberlyrowe3@gmail.com