Nicholson Blasts Opposition Senators

Foreign Affairs Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson, this afternoon blasted two Opposition Senators for what he says is their conduct in parliament.

Senator Nicholson delivered his salvo against Marlene Malahoo Forte and Kamina Johnson Smith as the Senate deliberated on a bill which proposes to give a convict the right to appeal a mandatory sentence.

Cecil Thoms has more:

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A visibly annoyed Senator Nicholson intervened as Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte called for a divide on a clause in the bill which was being piloted by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding.

For two consecutive weeks, Senate President Floyd Morris has refused to allow questions from Opposition Senator, Kamina Johnson Smith to be tabled in parliament.

The questions related to the treatment of children and spending by the Youth Ministry on programmes for young people.

Senator Morris says it was his judgement that the Opposition Spokesperson could find the information she was seeking in the estimates of expenditures and related documents.

But Senator Johnson Smith contended that all the information may not be readily available.

Johnson Smith also insisted that questions regarding the crucial matter of the well being of the nation’s children should be treated with greater sensitivity by the Senate President.

This afternoon, Senator Nicholson lashed out at Senator Johnson Smith.

He suggested that the Opposition Senator should call a press conference to have her questions aired.



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.