Kamina Johnson Smith
Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith is seeking to assure members of the Jamaica Labour Party with concerns about the corruption issues dogging the Andrew Holness administration, that the government is working to restore confidence in the administration.
Governance issues have been raised amid scandals at the Science, Technology, and Energy Ministry and the Education Ministry as well as the delayed publication of the prime minister's statutory declarations.
Speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party Area Council Three meeting on Sunday, Mrs Johnson Smith addressed the matter.
"Labourites, there's a tough issue that we have to deal with because we know that we're doing a lot in many areas and we're being very successful. One of the areas in which we are making more success and which we will triumph is the area of bringing more transparency and accountability to government," she asserted.
Pointing to questions surrounding the Integrity Commission's handling of the prime minister's statutory declarations, Mrs Johnson Smith warned that impatience could undermine the commission's work.
She noted that the body is new, made up of "people of unimpeachable integrity" but must be allowed time to figure out its operations.