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PM accountable to citizens

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is celebrating 40 years of service to the Jamaican people. She is also our first female leader. Both remarkable achievements few can argue with.

But we live in a democracy, and, therefore, we expect and deserve our prime minister to not only report on her trips abroad but before she even departs.

She is being compared to a chief executive officer (CEO) in a private-sector company, drumming up business abroad with her trips. But a CEO has to report to a board, and the board to shareholders.

The Jamaican people - PNP, JLP and no P - are shareholders. We deserve a report on the prime minister's travels, whether or not they prove beneficial to our country. We don't need to know what happens on her private trips abroad that she pays for, but even if her trips are paid for by private individuals, we need to know.

It is very likely that Mrs Simpson Miller is repairing Jamaica's name abroad or is, indeed, pulling in multibillion-dollar investments, but let us know. If we don't know, we can't blow.

Anger and 'tracing' will inevitably lead to our suspicion that something is amiss and will arouse our distrust. Just level with us, Prime Minister. You will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar.


Siloah PO, St Elizabeth