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McKenzie uses Sectoral Debate to declare election readiness

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM
McKenzie: Tell our people that this Government cares and will work even harder for them.

Romario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie today used his contribution to the Sectoral Debate to declare the government's readiness to make its case to be returned to office. 

"We have heard the calls from the citizens to do better and to do more. We are ready to put on our jogging shoes; we are fit," McKenzie said.

He had earlier announced plans to commission additional garbage trucks this week and to procure new garbage trucks. 

McKenzie also reported that a new fire station was under construction in Old Harbour, St Catherine and that there would be a new infirmary in Trelawny. 

Buoyed by his bench-banging colleagues on the government benches, McKenzie claimed that the Jamaica Labour Party, which now forms the Government, will be going to voters on a platform of performance. 

"We are ready!" he declared.

"We are ready to roll up our shirt sleeve; travel from village to city, land or sea … we are ready to roll up our pants leg, cross every street, river. Tell our people that this Government cares and will work even harder for them.” 

 Last week, a bill was tabled in Parliament to allow for local government and general elections to be held at the same time.

But up to last week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness had said an election was not on his mind insisting that he was focused on rebuilding the economy.

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