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JPS power supply shutdown strikes parliament, MPs left fanning

Published:Tuesday | May 13, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Legislators in the House of Representatives have been forced to fan themselves with papers and booklets due to a shutdown of the power supply to the parliamentary building by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).

House speaker, Michael Peart, said the heat is due to the fact that the parliament is being supplied with electricity by a standby generator, to which the air conditioning unit is not connected.

It was not immediately clear if the actions of the JPS is linked to the shutting down the supply of power to areas where there has been high levels of theft especially in the corporate area.

As MPs, including prime minister Portia Simpson Miller fanned themselves in a bid to keep cool, national security minister Peter Bunting, who is making his contribution to the sectoral debate, said the heat is symptomatic of what he has been enduring in his ministry.

"It is a hot-seat portfolio," he joked.


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