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I apologise for reaction to asinine assault

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Duane Smith


This is an open letter to Delroy Williams, mayor of Kingston and chairman of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation.

On Tuesday of this week, during the scheduled meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), two councillors from the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) made derogatory and unbecoming remarks in relation to the People's National Party (PNP).

The records may confirm that one JLP councillor, Duane Smith, without evidential basis, singled out a PNP councillor from a different municipal corporation as being responsible for bringing guns into the country, while another, Susan Senior, proposed to blame the political organisation of which I am a part for the high crime rate in Jamaica.

Senior also made false and derogatory remarks about by my father, a former Cabinet minister and erstwhile member of parliament for St Andrew South East, Easton Douglas.

Chairman, the records will also reflect that I responded strongly in an attempt to cause the asinine and defamatory comments made by the two JLP councillors to be immediately withdrawn and the offence caused remedied with alacrity.

I am regretful and indeed apologise to you and the corporation for the fact that during this thrust, and in response to the reckless provocation, my tone and approach to achieving redress was not appropriate.

I further avail myself of the opportunity to renew to you and the institution that is the KSAMC the assurance of my highest consideration.