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Scrap position of political ombudsman

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Donna Parchment Brown

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I fully agree with letter writer Robert Dalley, who penned a spot-on and excellent letter titled 'Ombudsman a waste of money' (Gleaner, December 11, 2015), stating there is no need for Jamaica to continue to have, at taxpayers' expense, the post of political ombudsman.

As Mr Dalley further commented, we need to be told the salary of Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown and the budget for her office.

I am calling upon the Parliament to have the position abandoned. Why did the Simpson Miller Cabinet go ahead and appoint another ombudsman when the Parliament came to a decision that there was absolutely no need for such a position. In my view, the prime minister and the Cabinet have no respect for the Parliament of the land.

A Gleaner report some time ago stated that the last political ombudsman was being paid a basic salary of $8 million per year, plus huge allowances, including a fully staffed office, a motor vehicle, security detail, among other allowances.

Jamaica's Cabinet must do better than that. Stop wasting taxpayers' monies on this unnecessary position. All Mrs Parchment Brown is speaking about is the removal of party flags. Utter nonsense. Leave that issue alone.

PATRICIA M. SIMPSON

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Grange Hill PO, Westmoreland