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Opposition blasts JLP for Firearm Licensing Authority appointments

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:19 PM

The Opposition People's National Party has blasted as a "vulgar politicisation" the appointment of former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) election candidates to top posts at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

Last week, National Security Minister, Robert Montague, announced in Parliament that Shane Dalling, a former JLP councillor, will take over as chief executive officer of the FLA.

He will join a leadership team that includes board chairman Dennis Wright, a former JLP candidate for Portland Eastern and Dennis Meadows, the deputy chairman.

Meadows unsuccessfully ran for the JLP in Trelawny Northern in the 2016 General Election.

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, says the Government is wrong for giving the top posts to the former political representatives. 

According to him, the FLA is a sensitive entity that does work previously done by an arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and there should be not likelihood of political interference. 

Last evening, The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre could not reach Montague for a response.

However, former contractor general, Greg Christie, noted on Twitter, the comments of Prime Minister Andrew Holness for people to be appointed to public positions based on merit.

Over the years, political administrations have appointed key functionaries to lead public entities. 

Last year, the FLA was heavily criticised over foul-ups involving the gun licence issued to Patrick Powell, the man who was freed of the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais. 

Powell is still before the court for failing to handover his firearm for inspection.