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PM's NHT decision shameful, says Holness

Published:Tuesday | November 25, 2014 | 8:55 AM
Andrew Holness - File

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has charged that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has failed Jamaicans by choosing to retain the NHT board.

He is insisting that the NHT board needs new members who are not political loyalists.

According to Holness, it is shameful that the Prime Minister has chosen to retain the current board after a lengthy cabinet meeting.

He says the Prime Minister and her Cabinet have shown the nation that they are not interested in true accountability, transparency, and good governance.

He says their actions show a complete lack of respect for the opinions of NHT contributors, civil society, and well-thinking Jamaicans in general.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC) says it will now have to decide what level of cooperation to give to the Government in light of the Prime Minister’s decision to retain the controversial NHT board.

Coalition member, Horace Levy, is accusing Simpson Miller of protecting her loyalists while disregarding what he says is the legitimate public outrage at a board chaired by Easton Douglas.

He says the coalition is disappointed but not surprised, and he expects protests to continue.

Meanwhile, political analyst, Kevin O’Brien Chang, says the Prime Minister has revealed that she is more interested in governing in the interest of her party than in Jamaica.

According to him, Simpson Miller is looking to safeguard her party’s chance to win the next election while rejecting calls to demonstrate good governance.

Chang argues that the board lacks any technical expertise in relation to housing.

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