Letters to the Editor

'Chaka chaka' Government

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I write as a nervous Jamaican about the present situation in the country and the shambolic approach to how we are being governed. Shambolic, I think, is too much of a polished word to describe the Government; in plain Jamaican parlance, the Government is downright “chaka chaka”.

Right across the country we are seeing the ineptness of the approach to governance. According to crime stats available, the number of murders in this new year is on the same trajectory as last year's.

There seems to be no consensus on the present negotiations between Government and unions representing public sector workers, which is threatening to escalate into massive disruption of public life. To make matters worse, the country has woken up to rumours and counter-rumours on the fate of our commissioner of police in an environment of murder and lawlessness.

If anyone should ask me, this country is in a free fall. Where is the prime minister in all of this? While Jamaica falls further and further into chaos and lawlessness he is busy keeping quiet.

Apart from Minister of Science and Technology Andrew Wheatley, who is a breath of fresh air in the Government, and who is using his ministry to improve productivity and improve the quality of life of the citizens, the rest of them, including the prime minister, are on a partisan political path and decisions are taken not on behalf of the general citizenry but on behalf of the chosen ones who propelled them to State power. This is the main reason this Government is so “chaka chaka”.

Fernandez Smith





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