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'Was PM aware of Redwood’s plan to migrate?'

Published:Monday | May 13, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Political commentator, Kevin O’Brien Chang is questioning how much Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller knew about Stanley Redwood’s plans to migrate prior to appointing him Senate president in January last year.

Redwood officially resigned from his position during last Friday’s sitting of the Senate and is to migrate to Canada with his family next Monday. 

However, while accepting that family comes first, Chang is accusing Redwood of moral dishonesty on the basis that his imminent departure from Jamaica is the end result of a process that started in 2008 with a decision to seek Canadian citizenship.

He says Redwood knew the potential outcome yet chose to accept the appointment only to leave soon after.

Charging that the situation shows a lack of vetting, Chang is questioning whether Simpson Miller was aware prior to his appointment or if Redwood chose not to inform of his plans before taking up the appointment.

Chang says a precedent has now been set whereby leaders need to ask their nominees for public office if they plan to stay in Jamaica for the duration of their terms. 


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