Former Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade has declined the post of Cabinet Secretary.

Lieutenant General Meade would have become the leader of the public service. Lieutenant General Meade says he had initially been inclined to accept the appoint.

However, he says due to the public discourse currently surrounding his appointment he has decided to decline.

Lieutenant General Meade was appointed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness 48 hours ago. However, questions have been raised about the former army chief’s qualifications for the post and the constitutionality of the appointment.

Meade made the disclosure in a statement a short while ago.

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