Montague softens tone towards Quallo over Palisadoes gridlock
The national security minister has softened his tone towards the Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, over the traffic nightmare on the Palisadoes Road on New Year’s Day.
It was total gridlock along the roadway as patrons attending a party blocked the road for several hours causing delays for arriving and departing passengers to the nearby Norman Manley International Airport.
The road provides the only vehicular access to the airport.
Montague had blasted Quallo's preliminary report on the incident calling it inadequate and disappointing.
In rejecting the report, Montague said it did not meet the standards which the Jamaican public has come to expect of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
He was criticised by some for his stance towards the police commissioner with critics saying that his action was another example of Montague’s interference in the operational duties of the JCF and Quallo.
This afternoon, in a statement to the House of Representatives, Montague, said, in retrospect, he has concluded that he could have handled the matter differently.
Addressing concerns about ministerial interference, Montague said his sole reason for demanding answers on behalf of the public is to foster a culture of accountability.