PM Andrew Holness Visits Haiti for CARICOM Meeting; Jamaicans React – See Comments

Monday, February 27, 2023, 11:36 AM GMT-5

Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, has left the island for Haiti to participate in a CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) meeting.

A press release was sent out with the details earlier this morning via the Prime Minister’s official Twitter account with the caption, “#PressRelease: Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island this morning, February 27, 2023, to lead a special CARICOM mission to Haiti which will also be comprised of representatives from the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago as well as the CARICOM Secretariat.”

According to the release, as a part of this endeavour, Holness and other CARICOM delegates will converse with multiple “critical Haitian stakeholder groups.” It also stated that along with the Prime Minister, other Jamaican delegation members include Ambassador Rocky Meade and Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade for Jamaica.

In the absence of the country’s leader, Dr. Horace Chang, the Deputy Prime Minister, is in charge of running the nation until Holness returns later today.

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After the press release went public, the citizens of the country voiced their own opinions of the situation in Haiti and the Prime Minister’s involvement.

One Jamaican stated, “Laughable, we cannot manage our crime problem and thinking of helping Haiti. Called police control and inform an officer about a very serious incident and no one responded…,” while another pointed out, “This PM can’t even tackle Ja’s crime problem yet he’s trying to help address another country’s problems…Despite what’s happening in Haiti, Ja has a higher murder rate. It seems like he needs the assistance more than they do. 🙄.”

Furthermore, while some wish the Prime Minister safe travels, others express that they think he should stay in Haiti permanently. A certain Twitter user said, “Im jus need fi stay deh and doh cum back! Him nah du nuttin good fi Jamaica! Wi Betta off widout im!,” and another stated, “Be safe PM. I would avoid over there.”

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