This piece of news is getting quite a bit of traction and having all sorts submitting their 2 cents so I am not to be left out. Who opened the doors? Who decides when the doors should be closed? How and when is it determined if ‘rights’ are breeched? Are we to assume in cases where it was shouted from the roof tops ‘nepotism’ that those persons were not certified for the contracts or opportunities given to them? I am a bit confused here. If someone asks another, do you know of anyone that could do so and so, is that deemed ‘nepotism’? Is ‘nepotism’ only an issue within government entities and statutory bodies?
It would appear we seem to cherry pick the issues that are news worthy and in need of a ‘blow up’. I would love to see some reporting on previous claims of nepotism and whether those accused of practicing such had no basis to hire due to the recipients being unqualified. To operate on a fair and transparent field, would you not want to know? Let us stop being ‘waggonists’ to a cause or story and inform the people of this country what we mean in the simplest form. If it is we are saying that family members cannot work for the government qualified or otherwise, then say so. I am sure not only will the Public Defender jump in but also the private attorney. We tend to give an epistle when it suits us when the simplicity in definition can often times leave no room for interpretation by the spin doctors who always put self-interest above all else.
As far as I am concerned, ‘links’ will always play a dominant role in certain opportunities in this country. Whether it is family, friend or foe, it is still ‘links’ and by extension ‘nepotism’. Is it fair? Certainly not, then again life is not always fair, yet we deal………………………..
I am sure the country has bigger fish to fry right about now, so let us not spend too much time on this subject matter lest we get distracted by ‘jaws’.
Public Defender probing decision not to hire McKenzie’s son at NSWMA
The Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry, says her office has launched an investigation into the circumstances which led the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) to deny the son of Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, a job at the agency.
Earlier this week, RJR News reported that NSWMA workers citing nepotism, were upset about the hiring of McKenzie’s son, Marcus.
The Local Government Ministry overseas the NSWMA.
But the NSWMA says based on McKenzie’s instruction, Marcus was not to hired.
Henry today stressed that McKenzie’s son has the same rights as all other Jamaicans and should not be unfairly denied employment opportunities.
She says she will be using the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom to guide her investigation into whether Marcus McKenzie’s rights to equal treatment were infringed.
Henry also said she is not investigating the matter because McKenzie is the son of a government minister but because her office has a mandate to defend the rights of all Jamaicans.
The NSWMA has confirmed that Marcus McKenzie was interviewed and found fit for a position that was advertised by the agency.
However, Minister McKenzie said based on the dictates of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, he advised the NSWMA’s executive director not to hire his son although he may have been fit for the job.