Committee of Cabinet Reviews West Kingston Commission of Inquiry Report and Recommendations

A Committee of the Cabinet is considering the report and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into the events which occurred in West Kingston and surrounding areas during the month of May 2010.  Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness appointed the Committee which is chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck and includes Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Culture, Gender and Sports Olivia Grange, Minister of National Security Robert Montague and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte. The Committee will report to the Cabinet periodically on the proposed approach to be taken in the implementation of the fifteen (15) recommendations that are contained in the Commissioners’ report.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has noted that the Committee would be bearing in mind the objectives of the recommendations that were outlined in the report of the Commission namely, restoring and promoting trust and confidence in the State; compensating victims for property damage, wrongful death and injuries; controlling the use of force of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force and dismantling garrisons and mitigating the conditions that give rise to them.

The Committee submitted its first report to the Cabinet on Monday, 12th September 2016. “The Committee is currently looking at structures and the management of the implementation process because while some of the recommendations are short term, such as the apology that is to be made to the residents of West Kingston, some recommendations will require extensive administrative changes and legislative interventions that will be implemented over a medium to long term period.

It is important that we begin the process of healing and restorative justice to those persons who were adversely affected by the events”, Mr. Chuck said.