Desmond McKenzie, Member of Parliament for West Kingston, has apologised to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for the attack on its crews as they carried out a disconnection exercise in Tivoli Gardens. The JPS teams were clamping down on illegal connections over the weekend when they were stoned and had to call in additional police support to complete the exercise.
Mr. McKenzie has written to JPS’ CEO, Kelly Tomlin, apologising for the incident. He told RJR News that the incident involved a handful of residents.
"It is not something that is supported by the majority of people in the constituency. This is an unfortunate incident and it speaks against the kind of relationship that we have developed with the JPS in trying to come to terms with the question of regularising the lighting situation in the constituency. Tivoli is no exception,” said Mr. McKenzie.
During the exercise the JPS crews removed 200 illegal connections in Tivoli Gardens.
Mr. McKenzie said his office was committed to working with the JPS to ensure full compliance by all residents of West Kingston.
“The incident on the weekend will not in any way derail the efforts that we have made so far. I met with representatives of JPS and we spoke on the matter. We are continuing the process to try to improve the relationship with the community and to offer the best possible deal to the community,” said the West Kingston MP.