Senate Votes To Extend SOEs in St. Catherine, Clarendon


A resolution to extend the State of Public Emergency in St. Catherine and Clarendon by 30-days was approved in the Senate yesterday.

The initial 14 days of the special security measure in both parishes expires at midnight.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Kamina Johnson Smith, piloted the resolution.

Senator Johnson-Smith says the joint force needs more time to consolidate initial gains.

Senator Johnson-Smith told the Upper House that the Holness-administration is on a life-saving mission.

Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Senate.

Seventeen senators voted in favour of the resolution.

Four were absent.

There were no votes against.

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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