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Not in departure lounge – Samuda aims for another term

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:08 AM
Veteran Jamaica Labour Party MP Karl Samuda tells Labourites at a JLP Area Four Council meeting in St Andrew South yesterday that he is not ready to leave the political scene. He told party supporters that he is planning to run for another term before quitting.
Veteran Jamaica Labour Party MP Karl Samuda tells Labourites at a JLP Area Four Council meeting in St Andrew South yesterday that he is not ready to leave the political scene. He told party supporters that he is planning to run for another term before quitting.

Veteran politician Karl Samuda has issued a warning to those jostling for his St Andrew North Central seat, declaring that he is not yet ready to leave.

Speaking at a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Four meeting in South St Andrew yesterday, Samuda said his job in politics was not yet complete.

“Anyone looking to take my place … under the democratic system that we operate, everyone is free to try to represent any constituency.

“But anyone wishing to challenge me – which is the only way at this time that they can replace me – I welcome them. As to whether they will succeed or not, that will depend on the people, but I wouldn’t bet on it,” Samuda told Labourites.

J.C. Hutchinson, member of parliament for St Elizabeth North West, had also declared that he would be running another term on the JLP’s ticket.

still work to be done

There have been whispers that two government senators and one deputy general secretary in the JLP have been eyeing the St Andrew North Central constituency, which is one of the safest JLP seats.

Samuda is one of the longest-serving MPs in Gordon House at this time, but the veteran lawmaker said there was still much work for him to do.

Specifically, he mentioned the areas of water, housing and infrastructure, portfolios over which he is currently the man in charge operating out of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

“I undertake to work tirelessly to ensure that the communities that are now experiencing difficulties and, in some cases, have never had water supply, that we are going to put in water supply through water harvesting, refurbishing of wells and storage facilities so that in each community, if you have a water lockoff, you can have many reservoirs so that the people can get water.”

The minister of government said he regarded it as a right for every person to have access to clean and safe water.