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Public Defender probing decision not to hire McKenzie's son at NSWMA

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 5:07 PM
Harrison Henry ... says her office has a mandate to defend the rights of all Jamaicans.

The Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry, says her office has launched an investigation into the circumstances which led the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to deny the son of Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, a job at the agency.

Earlier this week, RJR News reported that NSWMA workers, citing nepotism, were upset about the hiring of McKenzie's son, Marcus.

The Local Government Ministry overseas the NSWMA.

But the NSWMA says based on McKenzie's instruction, Marcus was not hired.

Henry today stressed that McKenzie's son has the same rights as all other Jamaicans and should not be unfairly denied employment opportunities.

She says she will be using the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom to guide her investigation into whether Marcus McKenzie's rights to equal treatment were infringed.


Henry also said she is not investigating the matter because McKenzie is the son of a government minister but because her office has a mandate to defend the rights of all Jamaicans.


Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry

The NSWMA has confirmed that Marcus McKenzie was interviewed and found fit for a position that was advertised by the agency.

However, Minister McKenzie said based on the dictates of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, he advised the NSWMA's executive director not to hire his son although he may have been fit for the job.