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PM needs to take charge

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: After a very egregious performance by Dr Fenton Ferguson and his ministry in handling the chikungunya outbreak, the prime minister indicated that Dr Ferguson had done nothing wrong. This, after it is a known fact that they had in excess of two years to prepare for this disease following a meeting in May 2012 here in Jamaica held by the Pan American Health Organization to address chikungunya in the Caribbean.

The Government continues to be an embarrassment, consistently failing the people's test. The ministries and its ministers operate with impunity as they waste taxpayers' money and perform miserably at the simplest of tasks, while the prime minister is totally oblivious to what leadership and governance are about.

She is a mere figurehead, running around cutting ribbons and breaking ground for new projects, while the country continues to slump and the citizens lose confidence in her stewardship.

It is full time for the prime minister to get assertive, to grab hold of the slipping reins, regain control of the horse and steer it down the path of accountability, using the whip where necessary.