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

NDM Disappointed with Poor Handling of Ebola Crisis by Government of Jamaica

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on NDM Disappointed with Poor Handling of Ebola Crisis by Government of Jamaica

October 17, 2014 The National Democratic Movement has expressed alarm and disappointment in the poor leadership and mismanagement displayed by the Jamaican Government in its handling of the potential threat to Jamaica by the Ebola virus. The NDM is upset with how slowly the Portia Simpson Miller administration acted in placing a ban on travellers/flights from the Ebola affected countries in Africa, from coming into Jamaica and that, after other Caribbean islands had announced a ban on travellers from those countries, the Government of Jamaica was still tardy in its reaction – imposing a ban only after exposing Jamaicans to the deadly Ebola disease, with the entry of two Liberian travellers into the island occurred earlier this week. The NDM said the government, after failing the people of Jamaica in its mishandling of the Chikungunya epidemic has now bungled the potential exposure of the Jamaican people to something even deadlier. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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A National Cleanup Needed

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on A National Cleanup Needed

15 October 2014 National Democratic Movement is very concerned that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are using the serious crisis of the Chikungunya outbreak in Jamaica to continue the distribution of scarce funds to Members of Parliament. Under the guise of cleaning up Jamaica, most MP’s may do what they do best! Waste, squander and corruptly spend the money through the political organizations and at the end of the spending spree very little drains, gullies, swamp and dump areas will be cleaned. A few months after the expenditure is complete and pockets have been lined, Jamaica may be likely to still be as filthy as it is now. Will another $126 million dollars be down the drain? The NDM is calling on the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to immediately change the program! Call out the Army, the Police, the Bauxite Companies, China Harbour and all companies and individuals to provide/donate trucks, equipment and funds and mobilize all Jamaicans for one week of a massive cleanup exercise. Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, only a meaningful national program with all Jamaicans will get the required cleanup job done. Ever man woman and child should be involved. If you both fail to implement such a national program the all Jamaicans will know the truth that none of you really love Jamaica. Contact: Michael Williams Chairman 995...

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The Passing of former Senate President, Mrs. Syringa Marshall Burnett

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on The Passing of former Senate President, Mrs. Syringa Marshall Burnett

October 11, 2014 The National Democratic Movement has expressed sadness and regrets at the passing of former NAJ and Senate President Mrs. Syringa Marshall Burnett, who died last night/early this morning. The NDM hailed Mrs. Marshall-Burnett as a true patriot, icon and pioneering nurse who served her profession and country tirelessly, as a nurse, as President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica and as the longest serving President of the Senate, who will be sadly missed. The movement extended condolences to her husband Mr. Jasper Burnett and family, as well as the United Church congregations of which the late Senator was an integral part. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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Death of Jason Forbes on Spanish Town Hospital Floor

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Death of Jason Forbes on Spanish Town Hospital Floor

The President of the National Democratic Movement, Peter Townsend, has expressed sadness and outrage on the death of Mr. Jason Forbes, who went to the Spanish Town Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, complaining about stomach pain, but received no treatment and died on Wednesday morning on the hospital floor. The NDM President is calling on the Minister of Health to order a probe into the incident and for the management of the Spanish Town Hospital to give a full account to the nation, of how a human being, citizen of Jamaica, was treated in such callous, uncaring and inhumane manner which led to the loss of yet another precious life, while in the hands of agents of the State. According to reports, Mr. Forbes who was lying on the hospital floor, in pain, pleading for assistance from health care workers, from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, received no medical assistance, despite frantic efforts from his sister and elderly mother who spent the night with him at the hospital, begging so-called health care workers for his life. Mr. Townsend said that the government has failed Citizen Jason Forbes and once again failed the people of Jamaica. He wants to know when will the people of Jamaica call a halt to callousness, poor governance and the continued devaluation of human life, in our country. Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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Massive Public Education on Health Issues

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Massive Public Education on Health Issues

The National Democratic Movement is very concerned that despite repeated calls from all sectors of the society the dogmatic approach by both the Minister and the Ministry of Health regarding their handling of the current Chikungunya outbreak is alarming. The limited public education program has still not been fully communicated to every citizen in the country. The Ministry’s poor handling of the shortage of adequate medication for the joint pains, which accompany the illness and the little or no information on how to treat the rashes, has been pathetic. The NDM is disappointed that the Minister and the Ministry seem to be suppressing the figures regarding the number of cases of Chikungunya existing on the island, seemingly in an attempt to give the world that the government is on top of the situation regarding the virus outbreak. The NDM called on the Ministry of Health to begin a detailed public education programme now, especially in those western parishes which to-date the ministry has announced no tests to confirm or deny the existence of new cases The NDM also called on the PM, Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, to outline a plan to the country with regards to the precautions that are being made at our air and sea ports to prevent the introduction of the deadly Ebola disease into Jamaica. Peter Townsend President 318...

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Passing of Mr. Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Passing of Mr. Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries

NDM Pays Tribute to Late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke The National Democratic Movement (NDM) has extended condolences to the family of Mr. Roger Clarke, late Minister of Agriculture. In a statement, the NDM said that Mr. Clarke was a patriotic Jamaican whose commitment and sterling contribution to Jamaica, his party (the PNP) and the agricultural sector in particular, where he worked tirelessly and assiduously, will never be forgotten. The NDM said that Mr. Clarke’s jovial, down to earth personality will be missed from the political landscape. From the NDM Secretariat NDM HQ 30-32 Red Hills Road Kingston...

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Political Responses to the Killing of Mario Deanne at Montego Bay Police Station

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Political Responses to the Killing of Mario Deanne at Montego Bay Police Station

NDM President Peter Townsend has condemned the killing of Mr. Mario Deane a Jamaican citizen of St. James at a Montego Bay Police Station after being arrested over an allegation regarding a ‘ganja spliff’. The NDM President has expressed shock and outrage at the killing of yet another Jamaican in the care of (agents of the) state and begs to differ with Justice Minister Mark Golding’s view that the main issue in this latest dastardly and draconian act of the police is about the need for ganja law reforms but is rather of the view that the issue goes beyond a ‘ganja’ spliff and speaks more of continued police excesses and an abusive, uncaring culture practised by successive governments. The NDM condemns the both the Government and the Opposition for the hypocritical, self-serving photo opportunity statements in their effort to use another unnecessary Jamaicans’ death to try to show they care. The NDM says that these State abuses have a very long history, going back to the politically motivated 1976 State of Emergency and the introduction of the Suppression of Crime Act, which gave the police the most atrocious powers to abuse the Jamaican people – A most despicable piece of legal parliamentary abuse of power which extended over both the PNP and the JLP administrations. The NDM is of the view that a change of attitude and behaviour of police personnel is necessary to bring a halt to the wanton abuse of our citizens and further called for fundamental changes to the police force: Cultural, organisational/structural – which includes reorientation; renaming of the police (from “force” to “service”); recruitment of new and better educated members who will be trained in forensics and intelligence gathering; The appointment and reporting of the Police Commissioner by and to Parliament rather than to a Minister (as in the cases of INDECOM, the Electoral Commission and Political Ombudsman). Contact: Peter Townsend President 318...

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Jamaica’s Slippage in the Human Development Index

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Jamaica’s Slippage in the Human Development Index

We have taken note of Jamaica’s recent slippage on the UNDP’s Human Development Report. Successive administrations have refused to engage in complete reform of entitlement and labour market systems, the economy and most important education especially at the early childhood and tertiary levels and available health services. It should be the intention of any responsible administration to create educated citizens who are able to participate in the economy, thus allowing them to benefit from the fruits of growth. In order to improve on the Human Development Report, Jamaica needs an efficient state, more accountability, much less corruption and more Public-Private Partnerships. These partnerships would reduce the public sector cost of delivering these critical services to the public. If we continue to practice the corrosive political culture, wrong socio-economic policies and poor governance in Jamaica we can expect to continue to slip down the ranking of the Human Development Index. It is interesting to note that Jamaica’s has been governed by one political party (the PNP) for 21 of the last 25 years (a quarter of a century). Peter Townsend President...

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Passing of the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, former Governor General of Jamaica

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Passing of the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, former Governor General of Jamaica

On the news of the passing of The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, Former Governor General of Jamaica, last Friday, July 11, 2014, the National Democratic Movement has paid tribute to his life and contribution to nation building. The Movement reiterated that this is the end of an era and hailed Sir Howard as an outstanding son of Jamaica from whose life of service and selfless leadership Jamaica has benefited tremendously and thanked him for the Indelible mark which he has left upon the life of Jamaica. The Movement further extended condolences to the family of the late GG and calls on all Jamaicans to include them in their prayers at this...

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Press Release on Tax Increases

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Press Release on Tax Increases

The National Democratic Movement (NDM) is shocked and dismayed that the PNP administration has again increased taxes on the poor, suffering, disenfranchised and barely surviving public. The NDM wants to know when will this ‘gluttonous’ “fat-cats” government’ understand that the Jamaican people can hardly survive and that many are going to bed hungry nightly, with some on the verge of starvation. The NDM is of the view that the tax increases imposed by successive governments over many years have not met the targeted projections of additional taxes, yet administration after administration continue to increase taxes. “This heartless PNP government seem never to learn, doing the same thing year after year and always expecting different results”, said the NDM. The Movement states that, “The new tax imposed on ATM and Internet transactions have now gone where no previous Administration has gone before and starts a very dangerous precedent. The near rapacious banks have been seeking ways to continue gouging the Jamaican banking public, and now this desperate and wicked government has joined the fray by going after the poor consumers withdrawing their hard-earned and already shrinking dollar or paying bills (which are already taxed)”. The NDM asserts that, it is widely accepted that corruption and wasteful expenditure in Jamaica is in the region of 40% of the capital budget. For this fiscal year with the capital budget at thirty five billion dollars, if the government were to cut that 40% (corruption) to 20%, they would not need to increase taxes.   Contact: Peter Townsend, LLB (Hons.), CLU, ChFC President (876) 863...

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