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JLP: Hume was protocol officer in OPM

Posted: April 16, 2012


The Jamaica Labour Party caucus in the St. James Parish Council is claiming that Courtney Hume was assigned as Protocol Officer at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. James.


This is the opposite of what was claimed in a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) which says Mr. Hume was not employed to the OPM, and did not have any authority to give instructions on behalf of the Prime Minister's office.


Mr. Hume was named, as the person giving the order, for the green to be dropped from the replica of the Jamaican flag for the March 29 swearing-in ceremony for councillors in St James. 


He has denied giving those instructions.


Since the controversy over the incident, Mr. Hume has resigned as Special Advisor to State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce Sharon Folkes Abrahams, who is also the Member of Parliament for West Central St. James.


The Jamaica Labour Party caucus called a press conference this morning (April 16) to present what it called breaking developments in the flag controversy.


Minority Leader and Former Mayor Charles Sinclair announced today that investigations revealed that Mr. Hume was a Protocol Officer at the OPM's Western Region on probation for three months.


He further said the probe also indicated that Mr. Hume was assigned a government vehicle, although his position as Special Advisor did not entitle him to government owned vehicles.


The JLP group is claiming that since the issue of the flag was brought to the fore, the public has been fed with misinformation, half-truths and what it describes as blatant lies.


Mr. Sinclair says the flag controversy could be dubbed "flag gate" likening it to the Watergate scandal” in the USA, claiming that there has been a cover up.


Meanwhile, as the controversy continues to unfold, the JLP caucus in the St. James Parish Council wants the Prime Minister to review the position of Sandrea Falconer as Information Minister, saying she denied that Mr. Hume was employed to the Office of the Prime Minister.


The Communication Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister had issued a statement denying Mr. Hume was employed to the OPM. That statement was not attributed to Ms. Faulkner.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the JLP caucus of the St. James Parish Council, has joined calls for Chairman Glendon Harris to resign, over the controversy of the replica of the Jamaican flag.


JLP Minority Leader in the council, Charles Sinclair, said Mr. Harris failed to provide what he called appropriate leadership with good governance, which promotes the principles of accountability and transparency.


The Minority Leader said they are also calling on Local Government Minister Noel Arscott, not to confer the title of Mayor to Mr. Harris.



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