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Dwayne Vaz issues new apology, summoned to meeting with PM

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:44 PM
People's National Party President Portia Simpson Miller (left) and Dwayne Vaz.

Embattled People's National Party (PNP) member of parliament, Dwayne Vaz, has issued a new apology over his use of a violent song on a party platform and is due to face Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in a meeting. 

The measures were the outcome of a meeting this afternoon involving the general secretaries of the PNP, the Jamaica Labour Party and the Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown. 

Vaz is also expected to make a verbal apology at a PNP gospel concert scheduled for Saturday, as well as organise a values and attitudes seminar in his Central Westmoreland constituency for young people in January. 

The Political Ombudsman told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the initial apology by Vaz was insufficient.

Parchment Brown says Vaz was told he had to issue a more fulsome one as well as commit to other measures. 

 

Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown

Vaz's new apology will be sent to the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness. 

Vaz has been under public scrutiny after using the lyrics of a violent Vybez Kartel song to criticise his political opponents at a PNP meeting in St James last week.

In commenting on an incident surrounding the circumstances under which the office of a PNP Councillor was burnt down, Vaz began singing the song.

The General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr Horace Chang, filed a complaint against Vaz with the Political Ombudsman saying his behaviour breached the political code of conduct and could incite political violence.

Meanwhile, in his apology published by the Ombudsman, Vaz accepted that his utterances could give the impression that he supports what he calls gang style criminal conduct.

He says he is sorry for giving that impression.

Vaz asserts that he did not intend to suggest in any form a violent response to the fire at the PNP office in St James.

According to him, he is not blaming anyone and it was never his intention to incite violence.