The youth arm of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party, Young Jamaica, is this afternoon accusing former Public Defender Earl Witter of improperly interfering in the process of selection of his permanent replacement.
The group today issued a statement, in the wake of a letter from Mr. Witter, which was copied to Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart.
In the letter, Mr. Witter voices his opposition to the application by the Acting Public Defender, Mutundo Mukulu, to be appointed to the post permanently.
Human Rights Activist, Arlene Harrison Henry was recently selected over Mr. Mukulu to succeed Mr. Witter as the country’s third Public Defender.
In his letter, which was written before the selection of Mrs. Harrison Henry, Mr. Witter expressed his regret over his own decision to recommend that Mr. Mukulu act in the post.
He also raised concern that Mr. Mukulu may be too young to be given the security of tenure, afforded to a Public Defender.
In its statement today, Young Jamaica said Mr. Witter’s move was unfortunate and deeply disappointing.
It says it finds Mr. Witter’s interference in the selection process to be irregular and highly unusual.
The organization says it cannot detect any suitable justification for having denied Mr Mukulu’s permanent appointment to the office.
The group says its concerned that age is being used as a determining factor in appointments.
Efforts by our news center to contact Mr. Witter were unsuccessful.
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