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PNP councillors irate after JLP colleague makes 'unbecoming' remark at meeting

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 2:14 PM
Kari Douglas, councillor for the Trafalgar division.

Dennis Gordon, the People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Maxfield Park division in St Andrew is threatening to take legal action after Susan Senior, the Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Norbrook division, shouted  during a sitting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation meeting that "... a PNP a kill people.”

What was supposed be a time of conveying best wishes for the Christmas season, spiralled into an ugly verbal clash between Senior and Kari Douglas, councillor for the Trafalgar division.

Douglas expressed her dissatisfaction with what she said was people politicising crime and violence.  

It was during the war of words that the Norbrook division councillor made her allegations.

Gordon emphasised however that it is a very serious statement that he would not take lightly.

"It’s indeed a troubling sign. As a member of the minority side, I take issue with the outburst from my colleague Senior and if it is not withdrawn explicitly then we will seek remedy. You cannot say that PNP are killing people and I ask that she be called back to the chamber and she makes that retraction now, or else I am going to seek intervention. Because I am so implicated as a member of this side,” he told the sitting yesterday.

Deputy mayor Winston Ennis, who was presiding at the time asked for Senior to retract the statement, however, she was not in the chamber.

He then said, he would write to the member and have her apologise.

This did not go well with Gordon.

“This is unbecoming, it suggests that I am a part of a criminal network, as a member of this side. If it is that (Senior is not present), your Worship, I am therefore requesting the transcript and I will deal with it accordingly. It is that serious and I take it seriously. I have no reason to doubt that you will write and ask the member for an apology but it is so critical that I am requesting  the transcript and I will deal with it accordingly,” h said.

The meeting was adjourned shortly after, with Ennis, who is also the councillor for the Waterloo division expressing his disappointment over the brawl. 

Jodi-Ann Gilpin