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JUTC chairman explains Campbell's appointment as managing director

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Former People’s National Party General Secretary Collin Campbell’s experience as a state minister was reportedly one of the deciding factors for appointing him as managing director of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

The JUTC chairman, Reverend Garnett Roper says during Campbell’s tenure as a state minister in the transport ministry, he had direct responsibility for the JUTC.

Reverend Roper says this experience gave him the advantage over the five other candidates who were shortlisted from the initial 38 applicants for the post.

Reverend Roper also says Campbell received the highest score in the final selection round.

Campbell’s appointment has led to suggestions that he may have been unfairly selected because of his association with the governing PNP.

In a release today, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party affiliate, Generation 2000, said the appointment was a barefaced and disgraceful blow to transparency and that it reeked of patronage and cronyism.

Its president, Floyd Green also questioned the wisdom of appointing Campbell given his involvement in the Trafigura Affair.

However, Reverend Roper says there was an objective process and there are mechanisms for Campbell’s removal if he does not perform

Campbell will begin his three year contract on August 12.


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