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Desmond McKenzie says Tivoli Report a 'welcome relief'

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 4:38 PM
McKenzie... There is much to be thankful for coming out of the report.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The Kingston Western MP Desmond McKenzie has weighed in on the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry calling it a "welcome relief".

McKenzie, noting that he had to restrict his comments a member of the Cabinet subcommittee examining the findings, said, however, that the assessment of the 2010 security operations cannot replace the dignity of affected residents.

"There is much to be thankful for coming out of the report," McKenzie said this afternoon while making his contribution to the 2016 Sectoral  Debate in the  House of Representatives. 

In the meantime, McKenzie said based on a recommendation that has been made, the Cabinet subcommittee could meet with the leadership of the constituency.

That meeting is expected to help the government decide how it may implement the recommendations of the report.


IN PHOTO: Chairman of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry Sir David Simmons

The Sir David Simmons-led commission has recommended, among other things, an apology to residents of western Kingston as well as compensation for affected residents.

According to the report, 69 civilians were killed in the operation by the security forces to capture  former Tivoli  Gardens don Christopher  'Dudus' Coke.

Some lawyers have criticised the report for not pronouncing on the role of residents  in the events.

Hundreds of gunmen had gathered in the area to repel the security  forces.