Sunday 23 September, 2018

Portia is a genuine person, says PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness with former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller at his swearing-in ceremony.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness with former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller at his swearing-in ceremony.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday lauded the work and character of former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, during a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament to honour Simpson Miller.

In declaring Simpson Miller to have earned the title of mother of the nation after 40 years in political leadership, Holness said her bond with the poor and common Jamaicans will long remain.

He said Simpson Miller has had a truly phenomenal political career as a woman, “which is no ordinary feat, and you are no ordinary woman”.

Holness said Simpson Miller went up against some very powerful forces and individuals during her career, and declared that she “has never been intimidated”.

He also said despite what some may say of her, “No one can question your interest and commitment to the poor and needy,” a situation which he said was because of her being “a genuine person”.

To lighthearted chuckles in the House, Holness advised that he has being studying her approach to politics, and assured her that she did not have to worry about her departure from the active political arena, “as there is a new defender of the poor (now) in place”.

He recalled the backbone that was demonstrated by Simpson Miller in defying her colleagues years ago as Local Government Minister, in defence of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, which he said was a reflection of her commitment to the country’s welfare.

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