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Official statements issued from the NDM to newspapers and various media, giving our stance on particular issues.

NDM Asks why the Rush To A General Election?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM Asks why the Rush To A General Election?

The National Democratic Movement [NDM] is deeply concerned that the PNP is in an indecent haste to call a general election when the country is in a deplorable state of affairs. The health services, national security, job creation, the economy, the devaluing dollar, poor education system, drought, water lock offs, low agricultural production are among the many of the hardships facing Jamaica. The present PNP government has not kept any of their promises except to the IMF agreement and following the IMF conditions, which are stifling to death the people of Jamaica. The NDM is saddened to know that a competent doctor, administrator and humanitarian, Dr. Trevor McCarty has resigned from the University Hospital of the West Indies [UHWI]. His resignation seems to be one of the many fall-outs from the infection and deaths of many babies in the hospitals across the island. The NDM is calling on both the IMF and the Prime Minister to explain to the people of Jamaica why the most important health sector has been starved of funds resulting in a disgraceful “run-down” of health services offered to the people of Jamaica. It is clear by the actions of the IMF and the Prime Minister that little care and consideration are being given to the peoples’ health. In a sick country, there can be No Good Security, No Good Production, No Good Education, No Good Job Creation and No Good Economic Improvement, The NDM is very concerned that the IMF and the Prime Minister seem to be in an indecent haste to call a general election one year before it is constitutionally due, before Christmas; even when every important sector is in dire need of repair and improvement. In addition to severe drought and water lock offs, important wages and salary negotiations in the public sector are outstanding. It is the belief of the NDM that both the IMF’s and the Prime Minister’s focus is to remain in power, at all costs, as the government of Jamaica. Even at the expense of the health and welfare of the nation. Yours truly, Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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Jamaica Health Service – A Disgrace!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Jamaica Health Service – A Disgrace!

The National Democratic Movement [NDM] is saddened to know that a competent doctor, administrator and humanitarian, Dr. Trevor McCarty has resigned from the University Hospital of the West Indies [UHWI]. His resignation seems to be one of the fall-outs from the infection and deaths of many babies in the hospital. The NDM is calling on both the IMF and the Prime Minister to explain to the people of Jamaica why the most important health sector has been starved of funds resulting in a disgraceful “run-down” of health services offered to the people of Jamaica. It is clear by the actions of the IMF and the Prime Minister that little care and consideration are being given to the peoples’ health. In a sick country, there can be No Good Security, No Good Production, No Good Education, No Good Job Creation and No Good Economic Improvement, The NDM is very concerned that the IMF and the Prime Minister seem to be in an indecent haste to call a general election one year before it is constitutionally due, before Christmas; even when every important sector is in dire need of repair and improvement. In addition to severe water lock offs, important wages and salary negotiations in the public sector are outstanding. It is the belief of the NDM that both the IMF’s  and the Prime Minister’s focus is to remain in power, at all costs, as the government of Jamaica. Even at the expense of the health of the nation.   Contact: Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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NDM says ‘the People Must Decide’

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM says ‘the People Must Decide’

The National Democratic Movement notes with great interest the unusual news release issued by eight [8] interest groups in an attempt to thwart the peoples’ participation in a highly significant decision of utmost important and concern to them. The PNP for years has been trying to remove the Privy Council for the equally foreign Caribbean Court of Justice. Since 1995 the NDM has urged successive JLPNP governments to take the issue to the people. The ideal opportunity presents itself now since another general election is due in 14 months {January 2017}. The NDM is asking the government to trust the people and place a separate ballot at the next General Election with one question. Do YOU agree that Jamaica should leave the Privy Council for the Caribbean Court of Justice? – Yes [ ] No [ ] Or Do YOU agree that Jamaica should adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice as its final Court of Appeal? Yes [ ]; No [ ] The peoples’ answer to this question will put to rest decades of arguments and disunity and unite all Jamaicans who will believe in what they have participated in: a healthy democratic decision which will affect their Justice henceforth. The NDM is reminding the government that there can be ‘No Peace without Justice’ Contact: Peter Townsend NDM President 318...

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NDM requests answers from the NWC

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM requests answers from the NWC

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is most concerned about the recent announcement by the National Water Commission (NWC) that some communities will be receiving piped water twice (2) per week. For example, in the Hope Pasture’s area it is Monday and Saturdays. That is unacceptable! The people who live in all the affected communities cannot do without piped water for long extended periods. In addition, the rains have been falling.   The NWC have clearly lost their main focus and mandated area of interest, which is to serve the people of Jamaica with clean, purified and healthy drinking water. They seem to have forgotten the saying “water is life”   The actions of the NWC recent and now, when they entered into a multibillion contract to find leaks instead of one to harness water demonstrates the short sightedness and lack of understanding of their mandate.     The NDM contend that more than enough water exist and runs to waste is the three (3) counties of Jamaica; in Cornwall-the Great River; in Middlesex-the Black River and in Surrey- the Rio Grande. That should have been the focus, attention and action of the NWC to harness those sources.   The NDM demands better explanations from the NWC for the severe lack of water in the system and further request to know the reasons why the Yallas pipeline is only carrying one fifth (1/5) of its capacity to the Mona Dam.   Contact: Michael Williams NDM Chairman 995...

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Press Release On Bunting’s Outburst

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Press Release On Bunting’s Outburst

In light of recent remarks by the National Security Minister Peter Bunting, the NDM has issued the following release: The NDM would like answers to the following simple questions: Is National Security Minister Bunting suffering a meltdown or mental fatigue? His wild, angry, emotional outburst over the weekend, as he lashed out at the Opposition Spokesman for his ministry, would suggest that all may not be well with him. Or is his tasteless, inappropriate rant and rave mere arrogance as is typical of the ‘duty politricks’ normally used by desperate tribal gang members? Is he overwhelmed by the rigor, stress and challenges involved in running such a serious portfolio? Is shooting the messenger a good strategy at crime-fighting or should he and his administration focus on solutions to the country’s spiralling crime problem, particularly on the heel of recent reports that Jamaica was ranked 3rd most murderous country in the world for 2014 and another report that a member of the PNP affiliated ‘Klansman’ gang ended up as a part of the Party President & Prime Minister of Jamaica’s security detail (at her residence)? It is alleged that his is involved in gun running and trading. Is Mr. Bunting’s substantive role and function as a servant for the Jamaican people his first duty and priority? Or is it about mud-slinging and fighting the “duty politics” carried by ‘hostile tribes perpetually at war’ to keep his party in power at all cost – even the cost of the lives of the hundreds of poor citizens of Jamaica who are the real victims of this old, violent, corrupt political system of which he is or has a big part in? The NDM President reiterated three (3) NDM core policy positions [1] We propose constitutional changes which would result in the “Best minds forming the Cabinet” (The Executive arm of government and not mere politicians and party stalwarts who are not technically competent to handle complex matters and the proper running of the substantive ministerial portfolio.) [2] We call for the renaming of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to Jamaica Constabulary Service [3] The Commissioner of Police should Report to a special committee of Parliament instead of the Minister appointed by any politician. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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NDM wants questions answered on PNP NE St Ann Controversy

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM wants questions answered on PNP NE St Ann Controversy

The National Democratic Movement is calling on the MP for St. Ann North Eastern to be more open and transparent with the Jamaican people on recent developments in her constituency. The NDM is asking whether or not there is any link between the reported withdrawal of support of an influential PNP “Top Man” in the constituency from the embattled Member of Parliament and the reported blockade of a recorded interview of the said PNP “Top Man” by veteran journalist Cliff Hughes’ current affairs programme “Impact”. The Movement also said that it would like to know if there is any connection between the information likely to be revealed in the recorded and the reported visitation (or was it a raid?) on Miss Hanna’s Constituency office by the Office of Contractor General (OCG) earlier this week – as reported in the media late this past week. The NDM further stated that it would like to know if there was any truth to reports that Mr. Cliff Hughes is being threatened with a law suit even before the contents of the taped interview are aired and wants to know if this is an attempt to muzzle press freedom. The NDM opined that the Jamaican public have a right to know what is going on, and that in the interest of transparency, accountability and good governance the PM and the MP must do the right thing in order to stem the already widening credibility gap, haemorrhaging confidence in our political leaders/ institutions and rising apathy. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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No Reduction of Powers of INDECOM

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on No Reduction of Powers of INDECOM

In light of recent comments by DPP Paula Llewellyn, National Security Minister Peter Bunting and Justice Minister Mark Golding, the National Democratic Movement (NDM) has reiterated that, the Independent Commission for Investigations (INDECOM), as a creature of Parliament does not need any oversight body as it reports to and is accountable to Parliament which should oversee it. Speaking at a NDM Members’ meeting on Saturday May 30, 2015, NDM President Peter Townsend voiced his concern about what seems to be plans to weaken the powers given to INDECOM by Parliament which would render the organization ineffective, subject to direct and indirect political influence and hence defeat the original purpose for which it was established. “Instead of reducing the powers of the INDECOM the government should be taking the necessary steps for the Commissioner of Police to be appointed in a similar basis as the Commissioner of INDECOM – i.e., by Parliament to empower him/her to act independently and free from the impediment of supervision by a party politician (Minister of National Security)”, said Mr. Townsend. The NDM is again calling on the JLP and PNP to disassociate themselves from the One Order and Klansman criminal gangs, thus giving the Police a free hand to go after the gang members. The NDM is also calling again, for changes to the constitution to separate the roles of MPS from that of Ministers of Government, so that MPs can focus on effective representation of their constituents and managing the Parliamentary oversight bodies that are appointed by parliament. It should be the best minds and competent people who are nominated by the Prime Minister and appointed by parliament to manage ministerial portfolios. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318 4802/863...

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NDM calls for smaller increases in Passport Fees

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM calls for smaller increases in Passport Fees

In response to the massive increase in the prices of passports (as high as 48%), the National Democratic Movement is calling on the government and the PICA to either reduce the rate of the increases or extend the effective date for the increases to the end of June 2015. The NDM is of the view that the levels of the increase is, as it typical of our government, unconscionable and unreasonable and has also voiced its objection to the manner which the Passport Office has been handling the public in the wake of the increased demand for passports since this week. The Movement is asking the citizens of Jamaica how long will they continue to tolerate the imposition of exorbitant taxes upon the people (as in the case of property taxes (which was increased by over 150% and traffic fines (some as high as 1000%). Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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Let the People Decide

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Let the People Decide

The National Democratic Movements appeals to all Members of Parliament and Senators to vote to “Let the People Decide” on the issue of the Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ) The NDM believes that this important issue on the system of Justice for the People of Jamaica; that decision must be decided by the people. The NDM does not believe it is right or proper that such an important issue should be decided by 63 Members of Parliament and 21 Senators. The NDM is appealing to all the MPs to put their thrust in the wisdom of the people and “Let the People Decide” on the Caribbean Court of Justice. Contact: Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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The Opposition Leader Should Now Do The Honourable Thing

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on The Opposition Leader Should Now Do The Honourable Thing

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is not surprised or unhappy that the Court of Appeal has supported the decision of the Supreme Court. The ruling of the Court has now placed the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, in a most untenable situation. The NDM is calling on Mr Holness to do the honourable thing. Mr Holness occupies a most important position in the constitution of Jamaica as Leader of the Opposition. His continued presence in that position will bring that position into disrepute. As the Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, his members must see that he is damaged and call on him to vacate. It is very important that people who occupy constitutional positions in Jamaica are always viewed in the utmost of integrity, an example to emulate and for young people to look up to. Mr Holness must now realize that his actions have not been anything to be proud of. Contact: Peter Townsend, LLB, CLU, Attorney –At-Law President 318 4802/863...

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