“Kari Made The Right Decision” – Holness Welcomes Kari Douglas Joining JLP


Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Councilor Kari Douglas made the right decision when she walked out of the PNP and joined the governing JLP today.

Douglas is Councilor for the Trafalgar Division in PNP General Secretary, Julian Robinson’s South East St. Andrew constituency.

She’s the daughter of former Cabinet Minister in the PJ Patterson administration, Easton Douglas.

Her move today to cross the floor in the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, KSAMC, is sending ripples through sections of the PNP.

Miss Douglas’ move means the governing JLP has increased its majority in the influential KSAMC to four.

In welcoming Kari Douglas to the Jamaica Labour Party, Prime Minister Holness said the Councilor for the Trafalgar Division has demonstrated an ability to serve the people.

The Prime Minister was speaking with Nationwide’s Tauna Thomas outside Gordon House today shortly after the end of the State opening of parliament.

Kari Douglas, who was the youngest PNP Councillor in the KSAMC and is the second youngest in the Corporation, crossed the floor at just after 10:00 this morning.

She made the move shortly after the meeting of the KSAMC was called to order by the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams.

The former PNP  Councillor issued a statement shortly after her decision.

She delivered a stinging assessment of the state of affairs in the PNP.

Councilor Douglas says, for a while, she has been deeply concerned that her former party has become a political organization which is primarily focused on winning elections at any cost.

Douglas says her former political party has for some time not been a space where creative ideas, especially the thoughts of young people, are encouraged and treated seriously.   

She says she has decided that enough is enough.

Councillor Douglas says she expects backlash from PNP operatives.

Meanwhile, JLP Chairman, Robert Montague also spoke to our news centre today on the decision by Councilor Douglas.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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