Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he would be appointing Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange to collect a $100,000 fine from each of the government officials who attended Shenseea’s grand album launch party without masks.
Holness, who presented his long speech in the 2022-2023 Budget Debate, mentioned the breach of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) by several parliament members who have been facing backlash on social media.
These members included Christopher Tufton, Dr Horace Chang, Nigel Clarke, Floyd Green, and Lisa Anna, all of whom attended the international sensation Shenseea’s album release party without masks. The only government minister who was noticeably wearing mask was Olivia Grange, who Andrew Holness said should collect a fine of $100,000 from everyone who breached the protocols.
Holness stated that “many leaders have gotten into trouble” with the enforcement of the rules and regulations that came under the DRMA. Continuing with his speech he said that he recently saw that members of his cabinet had gotten themselves into “a little hot water”.
“We have a system in the cabinet where we recognize that there is no principal over us, so we have to set the rules and the standards. Hence we’ve made it a point of duty that cabinet must start at 10:00 every morning,” he said and added that parliament also must start at 2:00.
“We have appointed Sergeant at Arms, her name is Minister Grange, she is the whip and her job is to collect $500 for every five minutes that a cabinet minister is late,” he went on to say and added that with this rule implemented there wasn’t many funds collected since all of the ministers were punctual.
However, Grange should now be collecting a large quantity of money given that she was appointed a second duty.
“I think we should be considering it for parliament, but with what I saw yesterday where some people were starstruck and forgot their senses, I believe they should be fine,” he announced, which brought laughter and cheers. “And so Minister Grange, who is used to being among stars and kept her mask on, I am appointing you Minister to collect $100,000 from any minister who was there.”
After his announcement, everyone, including Grange, began laughing and beating their tables in agreement. Holness also added that the money collected should be donated to a well-deserving charity or used to help other people who have been charged for breaching the DRMA.