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Courtney Hume resigns as special assistant to a state minister

Posted: April 14, 2012

Courtney Hume, the man at the centre of the controversy over the incomplete replica of the Jamaican flag has, resigned as special assistant to a state minister.

A statement from Local Government Minister Noel Arscott did not name the minister of state, but Irie FM news has been reporting since yesterday that Hume was linked to MP for West Central St James, Sharon Folkes Abrahams, who is also minister of state for commerce.

Hume was first named as being employed to the office of the prime minister but he and the information minister have denied that.

Hume is accused of giving instruction for the omission of the green from the replica of the flag used as a backdrop, at the swearing in ceremony for the new councilors of the St. James parish council, on March 29.

Hume was introduced as a protocol officer from the office of the prime minister for the swearing in ceremony in which he played a central role.

Mr. Arscott also  confirmed that Hume did not work for the OPM but for a state minister in another ministry, who was not named.

Mr. Arscott further stated that Mr. Hume's involvement in organizing the function was not authorized.

He says Mr. Hume’s resignation has been accepted by the relevant office with immediate effect.

Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris had said he was informed that green fabric had run out and the decorator had painted over the space in the flag for the green.

However, yesterday the decorator said there was no shortage of green and that Hume whom he identified as being from the OPM told him to leave out the green.

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