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Opposition Spokesman on National Seccurity Peter Bunting is calling for the removal of Shane Dalling as head of the Firearms Licensing Authority. In a news release Mr Bunting said the FLA needs sober and competent leadership.

He said: "The Opposition has observed with concern the allegations and counter-allegations of corruption traded between two JLP operatives, both with intimate knowledge of the operations of the Firearms Licensing Authority under the JLP administration. While it is difficult to discern the entire truth without the report of an independent investigation, it is now clear to the public that the FLA has become a cesspool of corruption over the last six years." 

The Opposition is calling for:

1.     the Minister of National Security and the Board of the FLA to remove Shane Dalling as the CEO of the FLA for poor performance, especially in light of Mr. Dalling’s own admission that he can’t fix the troubling issues plaguing the entity.  Further evidence of poor governance and non-performance of the FLA’s CEO is the fact that the controversy riddled entity has not even submitted an Annual Report to Cabinet (as per the Cabinet Office website updated 02/2022) since 2016/17.

2.     the Integrity Commission to complete the investigation into corruption in the issuance of firearms licences by the FLA.  That investigation was launched by the  Office of the Contractor General in 2017, but was derailed by the government prematurely bringing into effect the new Integrity Commission Act, even though no transitional arrangements had been made for its operations.  While the Opposition is aware of the limited investigative resources available to the Integrity Commission, it is imperative that - given the threat to national security - this investigation be prioritized, and the report submitted to Parliament as soon as possible.

The Shadow Minister of National Security – Peter Bunting – commented “Mr. Dalling has a penchant for alarming statements to the media ranging, from the “discovery” of a gun-making machine which turned out to be a regular machine tool to his repeatedly “calling in MOCA” to investigate various allegations of corruption.  The public is not aware of a single successful prosecution (or even arrest) arising from any of these multiple disclosures.

The FLA needs sober and competent leadership to restore the integrity of the entity, and to regain the confidence of local law enforcement, our international partners, and the Jamaican public.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 16:30

Jah Cure under spotlight over questionable gun licence

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JAH Cure is again grabbing the headlines and not for his music. The embattled reggae singer is among 200 people with criminal convictions and questionable character granted a firearm licences between 2014 and 2017.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 16:21

MOCA yet to prove claim of rampant corruption at FLA

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After more than a year of investigations the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is yet to charge any current, or former staff member, of the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA),despite the insistence of CEO Shane Dalling that corruption remains a major challenge for the entity.

Thursday, 17 February 2022 16:08

Journalist Winston 'Babatunde' Witter has died

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Former journalist and radio talk show host, Winston 'Babatunde' Witter, has died.
 
Mr. Witter passed away on Wednesday in hospital at the age of 62.
 
He was ailing for sometime.
 
Witter was a popular host on KLAS radio. 
Thursday, 17 February 2022 16:06

Time for U.S. to exonerate Marcus Garvey, says Grange

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Minister of Culture and Entertainment Olivia Grange says the time has come for the US government to exonerate Jamaica's first National Hero, Marcus Garvey.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says students will return to full face-to-face classes following the mid-term break in March.

In light of the unprecedented rise in the price of petroleum products, the Opposition is again calling on the Government to review its taxation policy in order to ease the burden on consumers.
Friday, 11 February 2022 12:40

THREE CONSECUTIVE QUARTERS OF GROWTH FOR TOURISM

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Jamaica’s tourism industry rebounded from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to record three consecutive quarters of growth in 2021.

Friday, 11 February 2022 12:00

11PM Curfew Until February 25

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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced further revisions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) containment measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA), effective Friday (February 11).

Friday, 11 February 2022 11:19

$912 Billion Budget

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The Government is proposing to spend a total of $912 billion for the 2022/23 fiscal year.

Thursday, 10 February 2022 12:46

DPP Rules No Charges Against Police in Nzinga King case

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NZINGA King, who alleged that she was forcibly trimmed by a cop while in custody, could face charges for creating public mischief following a ruling handed down by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) on Wednesday.

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