• Mrs. Vaz is a philanthropist and the founder of the One Jamaica Education Foundation.

Vaz Makes History, Sworn In As First Female MP For Eastern Portland


History was created in the House of Representatives this afternoon when 53 year old, Annmarie Vaz, was sworn in as the first female Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland.

Annmarie Vaz, Member of Parliament for East Portland and before her Acting-Clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Valerie Curtis.

The Speaker of the House, Pearnel Charles, welcomed Mrs. Vaz.

Mr. Charles noted that several special guests, including Cayman House Speaker and former Premier, McKeeva Bush, visited Gordon House to witness the swearing in of Mrs. Vaz.

On April 4, the house wife, turned politician, defeated the PNP’s most popular personality, Damion Crawford, in the high profile East Portland by-election.

East Portland had been represented in the House by a member of the PNP for more than 30- consecutive years.

Mrs. Vaz is a philanthropist and the founder of the One Jamaica Education Foundation.

She’s the wife of the Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz

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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