Pryce Caves In; Leaves PNP Secretariat

Embattled North East St. Elizabeth MP, Raymond Pryce has bowed to internal pressure and resigned as a Deputy General Secretary of the governing PNP.

Pryce was appointed to the post on April 29, 2013 and given the responsibility for communication.

His resignation came less than 48-hours after his supporters converged on the PNP’s Old Hope Road Headquarters and demanded his selection as the party’s candidate in North East St. Elizabeth, at the next general election.

The supporters returned to St. Elizabeth in a huff after their demands were rejected.

Mr. Pryce’s resignation was announced by the PNP at 12:59 this afternoon.

The party had issued an earlier statement at 12:11pm, where it said that many members of its Executive had expressed no confidence in Pryce remaining a member of the party’s officer corps.

According to the PNP, members of its Parliamentary Group and Executive met on Monday, where they noted that this is not the first time that some supporters of Mr. Pryce have behaved disgracefully.

According to the statement, it was also noted that Pryce must be held accountable for the actions of his supporters.

The PNP said the position of the Parliamentary Group and Executive, that disciplinary action should be taken, had been communicated to Pryce.

The PNP’s statement that Pryce had resigned as Deputy General Secretary was accompanied by a copy of a resignation letter, purportedly signed by the first term MP.

In the letter, Pryce indicated that he was stepping down from the party’s officer corp because issues regarding his constituency had taken a toll on him and occupied too much of the party’s time.

Our sources say during Monday’s meeting of the party’s top brass, the head of the PNP Women’s Movement and fierce Simpson Miller loyalist, Jennifer Edwards moved a motion for Pryce to be sacked as a member of the party’s secretariat.

It’s understood that Government Senator, Lambert Brown cautioned the meeting to ensure that due process was followed.

Senator Brown also asked the meeting to consider having someone persuade Mr. Pryce to resign. When contacted this afternoon, Senator Brown declined to comment.

Raymond Pryce has apparently paid for comments by his supporters on Monday, who described Mrs. Simpson Miller as weak. The comments have reportedly stung supporters of the PNP President.

Raymond Pryce’s future in the PNP secretariat was further compromised, when senior members of the party’s Region 5 told Monday’s meeting that many of those who travelled from St. Elizabeth to agitate for his selection, had been paid to make the trip.

Pryce has insisted that he had nothing to do with Monday’s events. But some senior officers in the PNP have told our news center that they do not believe him.

Calls placed this afternoon to Mr. Pryce’s mobile phone went unanswered.

Meanwhile PNP President and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller today declined to comment on Mr. Pryce’s resignation as Deputy General Secretary of the governing party.

Our news center caught up with Mrs. Simpson Miller, shortly after she exited a three-hour long function in her constituency.

Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Elaine Foster Allen, who was in Mrs. Simpson Miller’s company, said the Prime Minister would not be granting any interviews.

Mrs. Simpson Miller commented that she was unable to speak with us, as she had an appointment with some residents in her constituency.

She said she was keen to speak with them about their complaints concerning raw sewage, which had for several years been been flowing freely onto a street.

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