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Morris wants Labour Ministry to expedite payment to blind man who fell over bridge

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:09 PM
Morris is calling on the Mayor of Kingston to use his office to expedite the payment to Mr Carlo Bruce, a blind citizen.

Opposition Deputy Spokesman on Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris, is calling on the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation  (KSAC) to expedite payment to Mr Carlo Bruce, a blind citizen who toppled over a bridge in Kingston in 2015.

Bruce suffered severe injuries during the incident and the matter was brought to the attention of the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA) and the Public Defender, who made representation on his behalf to the KSAC.

According to Morris the KSAC accepted liability for the matter and the sum of $1.1 million was agreed to be paid to Bruce.

However, since that agreement, the sum has not been made and efforts by the Public Defender to collect the payment for Bruce have been futile.

Morris is calling on the Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams, to use his good office, to expedite the payment for this poor and vulnerable citizen.

He is also calling on the Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, to ensure that the resources are made available to the KSAC to pay Bruce.

Morris also wants the KSAC to conduct repairs to all bridges and manholes within the city that are hazardous to the life of persons with disabilities and other citizens.

At the same time, Morris is urging Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson to ensure that the Disabilities Act 2014 is brought into effect this legislative year.

The Disabilities Act makes provision for the establishment of a Disability Rights Tribunal to adjudicate matters relating to the violation of the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

This legislation, according to Senator Morris, will ensure that there is a greater responsiveness and sensitivity to the needs of persons with disabilities in Jamaica.