Jovan Johnson, Gleaner, Writer
The People’s National Party (PNP) says Jamaicans will have to determine why the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) wants to stay away from the enquiry into the May 2010 Tivoli operation.
The JLP was in power at the time of the operation by the security forces which left more than 70 people dead.
Yesterday, General Secretary of the JLP, Dr Horace Chang, said the enquiry was a waste of time and that the proposed terms of reference have been designed by the Government to vilify the people of West Kingston and gain political mileage.
Chang also denied the decision not to participate in the inquiry was an attempt at a cover up.
However, PNP spokesperson on the Enquiry, Ronald Thwaites says Jamaicans and the commissioners will have to judge the JLP's motives for staying away from the inquiry.
Meanwhile, university lecturer Dr Christine Cummings says it’s not in the interest of the Opposition, JLP, to have a commission of enquiry into the Tivoli Operation.
The UWI lecturer argues that any such judicial probe will be a major embarrassment for the party which oversaw the operation into one of its most powerful constituencies.
In a May report on the incident, Public Defender Earl Witter recommended a public enquiry with a call for former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, other past Cabinet ministers and senior security personnel to give an account of their oversight of the events.
The Government has not said when the Enquiry will begin.
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