Young Jamaica Chides PNP For ‘Culture of Disrespect and Racial Divisiveness’


The Jamaica Labour Party’s youth affiliate group, Young Jamaica, is blasting the People’s National Party, for what it says is a culture of disrespect and racial divisiveness developing in the opposition party.

Young Jamaica was reacting to recent comments made by PNP members on the political platform.

One of the comments was made by PNP Deputy General Secretary, Basil Waite.

Basil Waite addressing comrades at a PNP meeting recently.

Young Jamaica says the other comment was made by a member of Peter Bunting’s Rise United camp, and reportedly referred to JLP supporters as ‘dutty laborites’.

Young Jamaica President Howard Chamberlain, says such behavior must not be tolerated, especially from those who are seeking leadership.

He says the comments breach the political code of conduct.

In a statement, Young Jamaica is calling on the Political Ombudsman to take immediate action and reign in those who made the comments.

Young Jamaica also wants the Church community, National Integrity Action, NIA, and other stakeholder groups to condemn the statements.

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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