Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie, is bemoaning the absence of representatives of the opposition People’s National Party, PNP, from a ceremony on Friday to commemorate the 133rd birthday of national hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante.

Bustamante was Jamaica’s first Prime Minister and founder of the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP.

The ceremony was held at the Bustamante Heritage site in Blenheim, Hanover – the birthplace of Bustamante.

The Mayor of Lucea is the PNP’s Sheridon Samuels, while the Member of Parliament for Western Hanover is the PNP’s Ian Hayles.

Minister McKenzie urged the people of Hanover to recognise the importance of Bustamante’s contribution to Jamaica.

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He also criticised the organisation of the event.

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