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PARLIAMENT: Former JDF chief announced as permanent secretary, Queen Ifrica hailed by Bunting

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Major General Stewart Saunders, former chief of defence staff, will next Monday assume the post of acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security.



Portfolio Minister Peter Bunting said in Parliament today that Ann-Marie Barnes, the current permanent secretary, is being transferred to another area of the public service.



He gave no reason for the transfer.



Saunders today sat beside Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington in the well of the House as Bunting made his contribution to the Sectoral Debate.



Saunders took up position in the well as acting permanent secretary, a senior parliamentary staffer said.



Saunders took command as the ninth head of the Jamaica Defence Force on October 27, 2007, and retired in November 2010, months after he led the army's incursion of Tivoli Gardens to capture self-confessed gangster Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.



Meanwhile, recording artiste Queen Ifrica was invited to Parliament today and was hailed by Bunting for her song Corrupt System.



Bunting said the song is an eloquent and poetic example of constructive criticism.



The song's chorus says: "Don't cry Mr Bunting, come yah mek mi tell you something. Yuh cyaa fight crime like that, fire to fury a go get too hot. You wanna know why Mr Bunting, the country got to be like that 'cause even the police is corrupted, so the poor nah go get no justice."



Bunting wove aspects of the song into his presentation, using the line "The first thing yuh haffi do is clean up the force, too much wrong people deh inna the right post" as an example of what is required to enhance crime fighting on the island.



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