Tuesday 20 October, 2020

NDM promises to be a watchdog of the new Government

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is promising to be among the watchdog groups that will keep the Government of Prime Minister Andrew Holness in check over the next five years.

According to the NDM in a statement, it will focus on the activities of the Government, this while it also called on the new Administration to implement many of the promises that have been made by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in previous election campaigns.

Among the actions the NDM wants is for Holness to take definitive steps to stamp out corruption from the Administration. Corruption was a major issue in the outgoing term of the Government.

The ministries of science, energy and technology and education, youth and information were among areas of the Government that were fingered in multi-million dollar corruption scandals during the more than four years of the Holness-led Administration from 2016.

According to the NDM, the Administration must get rid of the Official Secrets Act and act on the recommendations for the amendment to the Access to Information Act, which should speed up the process to reduce corruption.

“Activate your promise to address corruption. Begin by finally doing what every administration has so far promised, but failed to do: repeal the Official Secrets Act; adopt the 18 recommendations for the amendment of the Access to Information Act made by the Joint Select Committee of Parliament (Review of the ATI Act) in its 2011 report.”

The statement from the NDM said the movement believes the swearing-in ceremony of Holness on Monday should be low-keyed so that he can attend to the more urgent business of the country, which should include a comprehensive plan for the spike in the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its community spread.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness on Sunday said the country has so far recorded 3,103 cases of coronavirus, with 31 deaths. Most of the cases and deaths have happened within recent weeks.

The ministry on Friday reported that the disease is now at the community spread phase in Jamaica, which means that most of the cases are not traceable.

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