We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Reid, 4 Others Charged
Police have charged the five people arrested in the pre-dawn, coordinate raids by police, targeting corruption and fraud at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Ministry of Education.
Ruel Reid, his wife Sharen and their daughter Sharelle were slapped with multiple charges under the Corruption Prevention Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and conspiracy to defraud. CMU head Professor Fritz Pinnock was hit with similar charges. Kim Brown Lawrence, JLP Councillor for Brown’s Town was charged with conspiracy to defraud and possession of the criminal property.
They are to appear in court on Thursday, October 10.
Arrests In Fraud, Corruption Case
Jamaicans woke up to the news on Wednesday that police were at the homes of suspects in corruption and fraud at the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). By midday, former Education Minister and former senator Ruel Reid, his wife Sharen and daughter, Sharelle, President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock and JLP Councillor for the Brown’s Town Division in St Ann, Kim Brown Lawrence, had all been taken into custody.
The Police also searched the home of former JLP MP, businessman Othneil Lawrence, also in connection with their investigations into fraud and corruption allegations at the CMU and the Ministry of Education.
The People’s National Party (PNP) in its reaction to the arrests made on Wednesday, said it regards the developments, “as a beginning, but important step in Jamaica’s efforts to clean up corruption and create an environment of good governance and probity in public affairs.”
In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the PNP said it was still too early to make a detailed statement, but it was closely monitoring the situation and awaiting further announcements by the Financial Investigations Divisions (FID) and the Major Organised Crime Agency (MOCA) on the charges to be laid, before further comment. The Party will make a fulsome statement on the development when warranted.
The statement came before the filing of charges against the five.
Munro boy dies
The Munro College family is mourning the loss of one of it’s students who died in his sleep at the boarding institution Wednesday morning, October 9.
Dead is, Diego DeSouza, a 14-year-old third form student, from Trelawny.
The school said Diego can be described as an affable, well-respected student and prodigious footballer. It is surmised that he passed away in his sleep in the early hours of the morning. Preliminary investigations revealed that his death was due to natural causes.
Phillips on the road
Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips today began his ‘Duh Road Wid Peter’ meetings in Clarendon. He started his tour in Chapleton, going on to Summerfield, Pennants, Frankfield and ending in Spaulding. It’s part of the PNP President’s push to meet with a wide range of Jamaicans.
Stakeholders in the Banana and Plantain Industry are on high alert against the Tropical Race 4 Disease (TR4). Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, told Parliament on Tuesday, October 8, that the disease is considered very deadly and can be spread by plant material as well as soil from affected fields.
The Tropical Race 4 disease is considered one of the 10 most notable diseases in the history of agriculture and is the most destructive disease to have affected bananas, plantains and the Heliconia plant. Mr Shaw said that action was being taken by the Ministry, and stakeholders to prevent the disease from coming to Jamaica, following confirmation that it was detected in Colombia.