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MEMBERS of the People's National Party (PNP) have been ousted
from the party following their decision to run as independent
candidates in the upcoming Local Government elections.
General Secretary Maxine Henry-Wilson confirmed yesterday
that Wendell Stewart, a former Member of Parliament for Northern
Trelawny, and Robert Stewart, an aspirant for the Port Maria
divisional seat, St. Mary, had been ejected from the party.
said that party President P.J. Patterson had made it clear
at a National Executive Council meeting last week that any
member considering running as an independent would be automatically
Stewart had been ousted by the party as the constituency candidate
and dumped for the local polls. Mrs. Henry-Wilson said Robert
Stewart had made several attempts at the Port Maria seat but
had never been successful.
an interview with The Gleaner in March, Wendell Stewart declared
that he would run for the Falmouth division. He said that
his decision to run as an independent candidate was the wish
of the people.
CRIME Management Unit (CMU) was set up by Government on September
11, 2000 to spearhead the renewed fight against burgeoning
crime. However, since its beginnings, the CMU has been embroiled
in several controversial shootings.
young men aged 15 to 22 years were killed in Braeton, St.
Catherine, during an alleged shoot-out with the police. That
incident sparked widespread criticism of the CMU and led to
a coroner's inquest into the deaths. The findings of the inquest
are being reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
civilians were killed during an alleged shoot-out with gunmen
in Western Kingston. This led to the West Kingston Commission
'Phang' Stevens killed in reported shoot-out in Grants Pen,
St Andrew. Residents suggested that he was murdered by the
police while he was handcuffed.
Smith, 15, killed in crossfire while on a errand during alleged
shoot-out between police and gunmen in Spanish Town.
brothers, Andrew Hamilton and Haniff Jagroo, killed in a shoot-out
in Spanish Town.
women and two men killed during an alleged shoot-out in Kraal
district, north central Clarendon. Residents dispute police
claims and suggest the only shooting came from lawmen.