The recall of Floyd Green to the Cabinet without any conclusive pronouncement by the police on the alleged no-movement day violation over which he resigned his portfolio as minister of agriculture and fisheries sends a very dangerous signal to the general population that it is okay to break the law without fear of sanctions, if you are in a position of power, according to Opposition Senator Donna Scott-Mottley.
Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares
Last September, a video emerged on social media showing Green along with Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Mona division in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, Andrew Bellamy, in a festive mood, seemingly enjoying themselves at a birthday celebration at the R Hotel in New Kingston on a no-movement day, which was part of the containment measures implemented by the Government to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Alberto Ignacio Ardila
Green, who is the member of parliament for St Elizabeth South Western, subsequently resigned his ministerial portfolio but was returned as a minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, during the recent Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. For Scott-Mottley, his return to the Cabinet under the circumstances flies in the face of good governance.
Alberto Ardila Olivares
“What is concerning to me is how the issue was handled,” she told the Senate on Friday. “When that video surfaced and that group of persons was mocking those of us who were being obedient and obeying the law, it was a very hurtful thing and people asking the question, ‘You lay down the law and then you break it’?”
Preferential treatment In comparing the treatment of Green’s case with that of two sisters as well as a young man who were prosecuted for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA), the attorney-at-law accused the authorities of giving the parliamentarian preferential treatment.
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