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

Public Health Smoke Crisis in Kingston, St Andrew, Portmore & Environs!

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Public Health Smoke Crisis in Kingston, St Andrew, Portmore & Environs!

The National Democratic Movement is calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to immediately declare a public state of emergency for the corporate area and its environs in light of toxic smoke emanating from the city dump at Riverton City. The NDM also calls on both the Minister of Local Government and the head of NSWMA to step down, as they have displayed gross incompetence in dealing with the Riverton City Dump over the past three years and in particular on this occasion. The NDM is calling on the government to put all available resources in place to fight the fire in order to stop the hazardous, toxic smoke which is destroying the air quality and endangering the health and lives of tens of thousands of citizens, and further to open up, equip and staff all hospitals and other health centres, to treat the many victims of the noxious fumes & smoke, who are likely to be seeking treatment over the weekend. The movement lamented that once again the country has paid dearly for incompetence and mismanagement which have robbed the education and productive sector of precious time and money and impaired the health and life expectancy many of our people, who have still not yet recovered from the Chick V crisis. Peter A. Townsend, LLB (Hons.) President, National Democratic Movement Contact: 318 4802...

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NDM says No to the Construction of IDB Office in Residential Community

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM says No to the Construction of IDB Office in Residential Community

The National Democratic Movement is registering its opposition to the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) constructing their offices on a lot of land on Montrose Road, near to Vale Royal (the official residence of the Prime Minister of Jamaica) in the Seymour Lands area of South Eastern St. Andrew, otherwise referred to as “The Golden Triangle”. The NDM is alarmed that this is being done in this prime residential area which is not zoned for commercial buildings under which offices fall. The NDM noted that the Inter-American Development Bank has been a faithful ally and partner to Jamaica for over forty years and that Jamaica has benefited significantly from the agency’s expertise in wide array of subjects, ranging from education to agriculture. However, the Movement is disappointed that the multilateral agency is planning to construct an office in the residential neighbourhood and sees it as inappropriate and unfortunate. The NDM said that, notwithstanding the fact that the IADB may be an avid supporter of Jamaica, the zoning laws should be equally applied to all organizations and blasted the relevant agencies including, the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) and the KSAC, for approving such a project. “It does not matter that this multilateral organization is a major provider of grant funding to Jamaica. Since we are a sovereign nation, we cannot undermine our laws to appease external powers, as this will send a wrong signal, set a bad precedent and may even undermine our own rule of law. There cannot be one law for foreign agencies and a stricter law against local citizens”, said NDM President Peter Townsend. Contact: Peter A Townsend President National Democratic Movement 318...

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The Opposition Leader Should Resign, in wake of Court’s Ruling on his Breach of the Constitution

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on The Opposition Leader Should Resign, in wake of Court’s Ruling on his Breach of the Constitution

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) has hailed the decision of the Supreme Court, in its ruling handed down this morning, regarding the actions of the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, when he submitted undated resignation letters for at least two JLP Senators to the Governor General in 2013 after the party’s bitter leadership contest. The NDM hailed the Court’s ruling, that the Opposition Leader’s underhand and unprecedented method, of ending Mr. Arthur Williams’ tenure as a Senator (by tendering his “resignation letter” knowing that he had no actual intention of resigning) as null and void, unlawful, unconstitutional, and contrary to public policy, as a good one and a victory for justice and good order. The Movement further called upon Mr. Holness to do the honourable thing and resign from the office of Opposition Leader as he has breached the public trust which should be reposed in that...

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NDM Condemns St. Thomas Parish Council Members for Abusing Law & Order

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM Condemns St. Thomas Parish Council Members for Abusing Law & Order

The National Democratic Movements strongly condemns the actions and utterances of members of the St. Thomas Parish Council, whom it believes were rude, disrespectful, out of order and insulting to the Jamaica Constabulary Force and in particular the St. Thomas Police. The NDM called upon the leadership of both the PNP and the JLP to immediately issue the sternest rebuke to their Councillors, for the broadside attack on Law & Order in the parish (by the PNP councillors) and the silence of the JLP Councillors who were present at the Parish Council meeting, which gave many the impression that they agreed with the outrageous verbal abuse of the police. The NDM commended the St. Thomas Police officers for walking out of the meeting in silence, and has taken note of the treat issued by one of the PNP councillors to get the head police officer for St. Thomas not only transferred but removed from the Police Force. It views such threats as attempts to of political manipulation and interference, and a regular practice by those older political parties. The NDM called on Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams to resist such political pressures and assured him of the support of the public if he is transparent and decisive in doing the right thing. Contact: Peter Townsend President Contact: 318...

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A Crisis in Our Public Health Service

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on A Crisis in Our Public Health Service

The President of the National Democratic Movement, Peter Townsend is describing the present situation in the Public Health Service “A Crisis” and calls on the Prime Minister Mrs. Portia Simpson Miller to immediately declare a National Emergency for the country’s Public Health Service. The NDM President declared that the present PNP government has performed badly and says that where the government has let down the people most … and the most urgent in need of attention is in OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE! They (the government) are all living the good life at our expense while the country is sick. A country without a health service is a sick country and Jamaica is sick, very sick. A sick people cannot produce and if we are not productive we cannot grow our economy and will remain poor and destitute. The President of the Medical Doctors Association called the present health situation a “National Emergency”, which is as a result of a self-serving and careless government and an IMF agreement that gave no consideration for the well being of the Jamaican people. The NDM proposed and again recommend, the reforming of the health service to make good service available to ALL JAMAICANS and by implement the “ABILITY TO PAY POLICY” in all public health facilities island-wide. By implementing this policy, access to good health service will be available to all citizens and those who can pay must be required to pay based on their ability to do so. The funds to immediately implement this policy should be taken from the estimated 12 billion dollars earned by Petro Jam from their overpricing of petroleum products since the oil price reduction started. The NDM President calls on all Jamaicans to pressure the government to fix the health service NOW! The NDM calls on the PSOJ, Teachers Association, Police Associations, The Media, NDM, PNP, JLP, other parties members and all other vocal people, to lend their voices to make the health service better. The NDM President also called on the Prime Minister to remove the inept Minister of Health who already demonstrated his incompetence in dealing with the Chikungunya virus. The NDM President wants to remind all Jamaicans that Jamaica’s Parliamentarians have given themselves local and overseas HEALTH CARE PAID FOR BY THE TAXES WE ALL PAY which means they are paid to be healthy while they mismanage our Public Health Service, leaving most of us to be sick and dying. The NDM sincerely hopes the Prime Minister will act properly without being forced by people pressure.   PETER TOWNSEND NDM President Contact: 318...

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Reduce Prices for All Gas Products

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Reduce Prices for All Gas Products

The National Democratic Movement is again calling on the Government to pass on the significant savings on the massive reduction in the world market price of oil, to the people of Jamaica. The NDM has taken careful note of Minister Paulwell’s recent outburst in his failed attempts to blame the petrol marketing companies for the full savings not passed to the people, while knowing the truth – i.e., it is PetroJam that has been keeping most of the savings. When the price of US $70.00 per barrel for oil existed in September 2007, diesel fuel was being sold for J$40.00 per litre. Now oil price is down to about US$60.00 per barrel yet the price of diesel fuel is averaging J$127.00 per litre. The international reduction is nearly 45% but locally we are seeing only a 20% reduction in prices. We are asking the Portia Simpson Miller led Government to immediately give a directive for all the savings to be passed on to the people so that significant reductions in goods and services can accrue to the people to stimulate economic activities not just for Christmas and the New Year but to give the people a respite from the prevailing hardship being experienced by the majority. Contact Peter Townsend President 318...

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Conduct of PM in NHT Board Saga

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Conduct of PM in NHT Board Saga

Has Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller shamed Jamaica? The National Democratic Movement (NDM) notes with much consternation the response of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to calls for the dismissal of the beleaguered board of the National Housing Trust arising from the purchase of the Outameni property in Trelawny. The NDM feels that Jamaicans have been insulted and disrespected by the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint more persons to the said controversial board without any explanation to the people to justify her action. The NDM is of the view that the Prime Minister, and by extension the People’s National Party, are prepared to put their personal egos and selfish agendas above the national good. “What is good for Jamaica” is subordinate to “what is good for the party and to the individuals in the party”; thus putting Jamaica last. The NDM has concluded that good governance is at an all-time low or almost non-existent in Jamaica. “That the Prime Minister has decided not to dismiss the present NHT Board and in the same breath appoints four more persons to the present board, contrary to public outcry, is an indication of the contempt that the Prime Minister appears to hold for ordinary hard working Jamaicans and the belief that she is answerable to no one. By refusing to respond to questions concerning the retention of the beleaguered NHT Board and by her failure to give an explanation of her decision to appoint more persons to that body, the PM has insulted the people of Jamaica and abandoned good governance and civilized conduct”, said the NDM. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318 4802/863...

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Deception in Parliament

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Deception in Parliament

The National Democratic Movement is shocked, flabbergasted and dismayed that our Prime Minister in Parliament yesterday (11/11/14) misled the members of the House about the purchase of “Outameni”. The PM said that was the information she was given. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller said that the information she presented was what she was advised of, which means she could only have been misled by one of her close confidants. The NDM would like to know whose interests were foremost in the minds of those who gave the PM wrong information about the “Outameni” purchase with NHT funds. The NDM further wants to know: What are the unknown details in the Outamani deal? Who misled the PM? What was really bought and for how much? Why was the PM advised so late after the deal was done? Who benefited the most from that deal? The NDM is of the view that the ordinary man or woman in the street will know that the purchase of 10 acres of land in Trelawny for 182 million dollars without the buildings does not make sense, (at 18.2 million dollars per acre). However, the NHT board members who said it was the best deal should know what they were thinking when they made such a statement, for whom the transaction was the best deal. The Movement said that it feels sure that the Outameni purchase was not the best deal for the people of Jamaica and not in the best interests of NHT Subscribers. Contact: Peter Townsend NDM President 318...

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PetroJam – Don’t Increase Fuel Prices Again

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on PetroJam – Don’t Increase Fuel Prices Again

The National Democratic Movement is calling on PetroJam NOT to increase the price of fuels again. Last week the prices were increased despite the facts. Fuel prices have been decreasing worldwide for the last six weeks The Jamaican & US dollars have been stable (remained low) for the last 7 weeks. Last week’s increase by PetroJam was dishonest, unreasonable, uncaring and with total disregard for the present suffering that the Jamaica people has been experiencing over the period of the current IMF agreement. For PetroJam to increase fuel prices last week was an unscrupulous act. One again the NDM is calling for a public audit of PetroJam and their rapacious pricing system. Contact Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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The Passing of Reggae Star John Holt

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on The Passing of Reggae Star John Holt

October 20, 2014 The National Democratic Movement has expressed sadness and regrets on the passing of legendary Reggae singer John Holt, who died earlier today. The NDM hailed John Holt as one of the top Reggae singers of the 70s and early 80s, as lead singer for the chart topping group ‘The Paragons’ and as a solo recording and performing artiste, who has contributed significantly towards the enrichment of Jamaica’s musical heritage. In extending condolences to the family of John Holt, the movement said that the musical icon would be sadly missed and will be forever remembered for his many big hits and great on stage performances. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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