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Not another commission, Mr PM!

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AM


On November 26, 2018 at the IMF meeting held in Washington, DC, USA, Prime Minister Holness stated that a commission on crime will be implemented in 2019. I must register my strongest objection to the idea.

There should be no new commission enquiring into anything in Jamaica and I doubt I have a singularity of thought on this issue. Not crime, not poverty, or any other issue or topic until the FINSAC Commission report is made public.

I am wondering now if it is that those culpable of causing the financial sector meltdown during the 1990s under People's National Party government are going to be allowed to grow old, retire, collect pensions, or die before the findings of that illusive report are made public?

Who is on the side of the public?

Who can be trusted to present the facts before the masses? Who has been monitoring the value received for money paid for commissioners in the millions when reports are yet to be made public as promised? I contend that if former Prime Minister Bruce Golding can conclude a commission report on CARICOM in less than a year, hand in his report and it was made public, no excuses should be pushed for the still outstanding Finsac report?

A new commission of enquiry on crime is not the answer. Consider the Tivoli commission that paid the commissioners far more than the victims: wouldn't it make better sense to divide the money paid to the already wealthy lawyers and retired judges on pension posing as commissioners to actually compensate the victims who suffered unjust lost?

Joseph Edwards