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Portia explains why she was a no-show at 'prosperous' Jamaica Agreement signing

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:21 PM
Simpson Miller says she told Holness that while everyone wants a prosperous Jamaica using the word from which the JLP’s election campaign slogan was derived was unacceptable.

The Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller has disclosed that she did not participate in this morning’s signing of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica Agreement, because of the use of the word ‘Prosperous’.

The initiative was initially dubbed Partnership for Jamaica.

The opposition leader says she does not agree with the inclusion of the word ‘prosperous’ from which she says the governing Jamaica Labour Party’s election campaign slogan ‘Prosperity’ was derived.

Simpson Miller was among the list of partners who was expected to address the signing ceremony for the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica Agreement at King’s House this morning.

However, she was a no-show.

READ: No explanation for Simpson Miller's absence from prosperous Jamaica Agreement signing

This afternoon the office of the Opposition Leader released a letter written by the Simpson Miller to Prime Minister Andrew Holness voicing her concern.

In the letter Simpson Miller reportedly noted that the partnership is non-partisan and was designed to garner support from the widest cross section of Jamaica.

Simpson Miller says she told Holness that while everyone wants a prosperous Jamaica using the word from which the JLP’s election campaign slogan was derived was unacceptable.

She said there was no good reason the original name should not remain as a signal of the continuation of the partnership.

Simpson Miller also raised concern about the lack of consultation with the Opposition on major expenditure projects and the perceived bypassing of duly elected representatives of the people.

Only yesterday, members of the Parliamentary Opposition, led by Simpson Miller, stormed out of Parliament after testy exchanges with the government over uncertainly as to whether Prime Minister Andrew Holness would make a statement on the controversial $600 million de-bushing programme.

The Opposition has accused the Government of using the programme to gain political advantage in the run up to the Local Government election.

The de-bushing exercise is now the subject of an investigation by the Office of the Contractor General.