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'PNP win will be a KSAC disaster'

Published:Monday | March 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner Writer

One week ahead of municipal elections for councillors and mayors across the island, the Jamaica Labour Party yesterday rallied support for its standard-bearers in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) during a meeting at Tarrant High School, telling them it would be a disaster if the People's National Party (PNP) regained control of the body.

Former KSAC Chairman Desmond McKenzie, the JLP's deputy leader for Area Council One, said with the party having 23 of the 40 councillors who last made up the corporation, he intends to lose none of them.

McKenzie warned of an impending disaster if the PNP wins at next Monday's polls.

"Let me tell you Labourites, let me tell you. The PNP will be a disaster if they win the KSAC. It will be a disaster if they win the KSAC," he warned.

Used as a cesspool

He said in 1997 when he went to the KSAC, there were only two JLP councillors there to 39 PNP councillors.

"All that used to happen was that the KSAC, was used as a cesspool by the PNP," he said, though not offering any examples to the meeting.

McKenzie, the long-standing councillor for the Tivoli Gardens division, until he was elected member of parliament for the Kingston Western constituency last December, had served under deceased former Kingston mayor, the PNP's Marie Atkins.

McKenzie said despite the heavy defeat in the December 29 general election, the party must pick itself up from the ashes and use the elections to begin the revitalisation of the party.