Mayor Harris has Shamed the St James Parish Council

Release Date: 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:45

Minority Leader in the St James Parish Council Charles Sinclair says the Mayor has shamed the Parish Council and damaged the dignity of the Mayor’s Office.

Councillor Sinclair was responding to a video posted on YouTube which saw the Mayor in a curse-filled tirade against a female vendor.  According to Sinclair: “I was shocked that the Mayor of Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second City, could behave in this way to any citizen. This is totally unacceptable and shows again that the Mayor is not fit to sit in the Mayor's Parlour.”

The Councillor for the Flanker Division says he has heard the Mayor's defence, and is unmoved by the Mayor's explanation. "I have seen the video and it is quite clear that only a woman's voice is heard in response and interaction with the Mayor.  Even though I was not there, I want to publicly apologize to this lady. We cannot allow our citizens to be treated this way by public officials. We must respect our women and all our citizens in general. Yesterday was The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of a 16 day global campaign which invites us to reflect on how our women and girls at all levels of society are treated. Jamaican women and girls are more at risk of being physically, sexually and verbally abused, and the Mayor is now on tape being verbally abusive and disrespectful to a woman who appears to be a hard working vendor.  He should be ashamed and should resign or be dismissed”.

Mr. Sinclair added, "I also think it is shameful that the Mayor thinks his behaviour would have been ok if it was a man at the other end of his tirade.  The Mayor is a public servant and should remember that respect should be the hallmark of his service to man and woman alike!"

Mr. Sinclair said he is calling on the Prime Minister to sack the Mayor, “The Prime Minister must act not just because she is a woman but because she needs to send a signal that the abuse of women by anyone in Jamaica must not be tolerated. We as a nation must take a stand and show all men, and especially those in positions of power, that behaviour such as the Mayor's, captured on tape, is unacceptable”.

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