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Matondo Mukulu not selected as public defender, Harrison-Henry chosen

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:45 PM
Matondo Mukulu - File

Lawyer and human rights advocate, Arlene Harrison-Henry is the new Public Defender.



The Public Service Commission responsible for the selection has not made an announcement.



However, acting Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning, that he was not appointed.



He and Harrison-Henry were the contenders for the position left vacant after Earl Witter retired in April.



Mukulu says he will continue to work at the office in his original position of deputy defender.



Since appointed to act in the role, Mukulu has turned the spotlight on various issues that were not usually considered by the office.



He has focused on issues such as prisoners' rights to communication and breaches of citizens' rights to clean environment.



Mukulu also launched an investigation into the disposal of goods seized from vendors alleged to be trading illegally in downtown Kingston.



That probe resulted in the Police High Command reprimanding its members and urging them to uphold the rights of vendors.



He has also called for the construction of a facility to house persons with mental illnesses who are convicted of a crime or who are on remand.



Mukulu will continue acting until the Governor General, officially appoints Harrison-Henry.



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