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Commentator says Bunting should resign

Published:Friday | July 12, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Public affairs commentator, Martin Henry, says Peter Bunting’s participation in a US documentary featuring Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was an act of indiscretion, which at the highest level, would warrant his resignation.




However, Henry says given Jamaica’s cultural response to similar issues, the resignation of the National Security Minister is unlikely.



Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness said the National Security Minister needs to retract comments that essentially suggest that the Government of Jamaica acted as an agent of the convicted drug kingpin.



Henry says Bunting as a Government minister was acting as an ambassador of Jamaica and criticised the Cabinet minister for his participation which he says on a partisan level, matters little outside of Jamaica’s borders.



The commentator says he would prefer if the Government publicly reprimands Bunting to indicate its dissatisfaction.



Henry is downplaying JLP assertions that Jamaica’s reputation will be affected.



He says the damage to the country’s reputation was already done by the Coke extradition saga under the then Bruce Golding-led administration.



The JLP says it is examining the statements to see whether there is any basis to mount a legal challenge.



The comments were made during the airing of a feature on the life of Coke, carried on A&E Television Network's Biography Channel series Gangsters: America's Most Evil.



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