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Opposition concerned about Kadesha Campbell's appointment at CDF

Julian Robinson
 
The Parliamentary Opposition continues to harbour concerns about the selection of Kadesha Campbell as the new head of the Programme Management Unit of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
 
Ms. Campbell, who is a former assistant to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, held her first CDF meeting on Tuesday. 
 
Julian Robinson, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew South Eastern, subsequently tabled nine questions in the House of Representatives seeking answers from the Prime Minister regarding her selection.
 
Mr. Robinson said the Opposition does not believe due process was followed in filling the vacancy.
 
"We'd like to know whether the position was advertised, whether persons were shortlisted, did the shortlisted persons go through an interview process, and the basis on which Ms Campbell was selected for the job," Mr Robinson outlined. 
 
"This job is what I would consider a highly politically sensitive job because you are handling millions of dollars related to projects of Members of Parliament in their constituencies," he asserted. 
 
"The only thing we have heard about Ms Campbell is that she was the former personal assistant to the Prime Minister and that she has done some courses and she probably has a Bachelors degree, but we haven't heard what her requisite experience and expertise is in managing this." 
 
Mr. Robinson said the Opposition is deeply troubled by the situation given Ms Campbell's close association with the Prime Minister - an association, he said, which could infuse partisan politics into the management of the CDF. 
 
The Prime Minister has 21 days to respond to the questions. 
 


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