St. James Custos Calls For Truth & Reconciliation Commission

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Custos of St. James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, says a truth and reconciliation commission might be needed to move Jamaica forward.

The Bishop delivered the keynote address at this morning’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, under the theme, ‘Pursuing the Power of Peace’.

The Custos says the nation needs to address the deep undercurrent of aggression which runs through the Jamaican society.

Bishop Pitkin says the problems plaguing society cannot be limited to any single segment of the country.

He’s calling for a buy-in from Jamaicans from all walks of life to bring about transformation.

Bishop Pitkin says Jamaica must become a nation where truth telling becomes the norm.

He says it may be time to again consider a truth and reconciliation commission.

The Custos also addressed three recent murders resulting from domestic disputes.

The most recent was a murder/suicide in which a member of the JDF brutally chopped and shot his common law wife before turning the gun on himself.

This, he says shows the church needs to do more than preaching.



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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