Find a good lawyer, Currie
THE EDITOR, Madam:
Maroon Chief Richard Currie possesses the traits of a good leader – bold, honest, decisive, disciplined and dedicated to his people. His recent public statement that he no longer wishes to be referred to as ‘His Excellency’ and, further, that he and his people are equal but that he (Currie) is the “first among equals”, reflects maturity and an attitude of humility and graciousness, on Currie’s part.
Chief Currie has been presented with many challenges, within Accompong, since being elected chief but, to his credit, he has taken on each and everyone of those challenges with dignity, diplomacy, diligence, dedication, discipline and determination.
In fact, if Jamaica were run in like manner to how Chief Currie runs Maroon Town, Jamaica would be a far more disciplined, peaceful and violence- free country. Yes, it is true that, in recent times, some unsavoury activities arose in Maroon Town. However, those isolated incidents, in response to which Chief Currie was transparent, truthful and tactful, pale in comparison to the numerous crimes and murder and mayhem that, consistently, take place in Kingston and St Andrew, and St James, in particular, on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.
In relation to the legal sovereignty of the Maroons – i.e. being a state within a state – I urge Chief Currie to seek the advice of a good constitutional lawyer, on that critical and highly emotive issue. Regardless of the real truth, on that issue, the Maroon people hold, and should always hold, a very special place in the hearts and minds of Jamaicans at home and abroad, and in the hearts and minds of pan-Africanists and the great Ashanti tribe of Ghana, from which the Maroons descend.
Stay strong and keep striving, Chief Currie, so that, in the future, Accompong will grow from strength, socially, culturally and economically, under your exemplary leadership.