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Holness should appoint senator, make Cabinet reshuffle

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:15 AM


Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ main weakness is the slow pace he takes to arrive at a decision. Many will argue that because of the political climate we are in, the prime minister needs to move slow in making a decision because if he gets it wrong, the media and the opposition will criticise him. I believe the longer you wait to take a decision and you get it wrong, you are likely to be criticised even more.

Ruel Reid was fired on March 20. Andrew Holness said he needed time before he appoints an education minister. So basically, the country has been without a government senator and an education, youth and information minister. In contrast, on the other side, Damion Crawford resigned from the Senate on March 14, and has already been reappointed to the Senate. Newcomer Dr Andre Haughton will be sworn in this Friday, April 26.

Dr Peter Phillips named his first shadow cabinet in September 2017 and he’s looking now to reshuffle it.

Danville Walker will likely be the person to fill the vacant seat on the government bench in the Senate. Make Danville Walker the minister of transport and mining. Make Robert Montague the minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister in the Economic Growth Ministry, replacing Mike Henry in the Cabinet. Make Karl Samuda minister of education.

Give Pearnel Charles Jr the additional portfolio of information; he’s already responsible for water and infrastructure.

Make Senator Kerensia Morrison state minister under him. I also believe Leslie Campbell should replace Rudyard Spencer as minister of state in the Ministry of National Security with responsibility for correctional services. I would like to see Ransford Braham as attorney general but I believe that move is not possible now.


Ocho Rios, St Ann