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Letter of the Day: Come clean on PetroCaribe buy-back

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I read the article written by the Jamaica Labour Party's deputy spokesperson on finance, Fayval Williams, in The Sunday Gleaner published on August 2, 2015 and I was very heartened at the level of discourse the Opposition has been offering the people of Jamaica in recent times.

Had it not been for the Opposition, people would not have concerned themselves with the economic consequences (good or bad) of this PetroCaribe buy-back deal.

What worries me, however, is the fact that there is a lack of information and explanation coming from the Government. To be clear, Ralston Hyman and Richard Byles are not part of the Government as far as the country is concerned, and if somehow they are now either consultants, spokespersons or advisers to the Government, the people ought to know.

The People's National Party administration cannot continue to depend on people who are not part of the Government to fight their battles.

Numerous talk-show hosts have been asking government officials to explain certain contentious aspects of the deal, and on all occasions, nobody turns up. It is unacceptable.

The Jamaican people must insist that the Government pay the Opposition some respect and provide answers to their questions. In particular, the Government needs to tell the country whether or not the deal has been completed. The speculations around the accord does not inspire much confidence.

In the meantime, I admire the work of Fayval Williams, who has the profile to become the first female finance minister. She has impressed me, though she does not come across as the typical loud-mouthed vulgar politician. She has added credibility, plausibility and soundness to the Jamaica Labour Party.