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West Kingston MP questions effectiveness of Tivoli enquiry

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2013 | 5:49 PM

The political representative for West Kingston has criticized the People’s National Party (PNP) for its silence on recent comments made by the president of the PNP Youth Organisation (PNPYO) who described civilians killed in the 2010 Tivoli incursion as casualties of war.

Alrick Campbell made the comments earlier this month as he expressed the PNPYO's opposition to the holding of a Commission of Enquiry into the incursion which left 76 persons dead. This angered members of his executive and human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice, which also called for the leadership of the governing PNP to dissociate itself from the comments.

While addressing a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council One meeting in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew this afternoon, Desmond McKenzie - the Member of Parliament for the area - says Campbell's comments and utterances by other PNP members raise serious questions about the integrity of any Commission of Enquiry that is going to be held.

McKenzie also questions whether holding an enquiry will be beneficial as recommendations from several past enquiries are yet to be implemented.

He notes, for instance, that a recommendation from the 2011 Dudus-Manatt Enquiry to make the post of the attorney-general a non-political appointment is yet to be implemented.

He says while there is a need to question the actions of the security forces, it cannot be done within a political context. According to McKenzie, the enquiry is being used as a smoke screen by the Government.


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