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Ombudsman a waste of money

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I heard the political ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, speaking to Nationwide News Network's George Davis on 'This Morning' on December 10, 2015, stating that no political party flags should be put up in any area and the flags which are currently up should be removed expeditiously.

However, isn't a Jamaican citizen who owns private property constitutionally entitled to erect any form of flag on his or her privately owned property? What I will concur with is that no flags should be erected in public spaces.

Frankly speaking, I do not see the need for the position of the political ombudsman, and I concur with the outspoken Everald Warmington, the opposition member of parliament, that that position should have been abandoned, as was agreed by Parliament in 2013.

Why has the Simpson Miller administration gone ahead with another political ombudsman appointment despite Parliament taking the decision not to sanction the appointment of another person to the position? How long is Donna Parchment Brown's political ombudsman contract valid for? What is her compensation package?

As far as I am concerned, the post of political ombudsman is a grand waste of taxpayers' funds. What duties, responsibilities and functions does the ombudsman have to perform daily after the national election has been held?

What fines and sanctions can Mrs Parchment Brown legally apply to any sitting MP and/or constituency candidate from any of the political parties and to the party leadership themselves? Is this a case of jobs for the boys, or girls?

ROBERT DALLEY

robertdalley1@hotmail.com