Jamaica’s Prime Minister has 15 Advisors, Consultants, Assistants, Ministers costing taxpayers around $60 million per year?

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August 18, 2012

Kingston, Jamaica: 

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has in her office at Jamaica House in the region of 15 Ministers, Advisors, Consultants, and Assistants costing Taxpayers around or well over $60 million per annum, making her the most expensive Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history. In fact, her government competes with that of a European monarchical court with a Cabinet of 20 without a doubt the most expensive ever and said to be the largest in Jamaican history.

 

The Prime Minister, her Ministers and Advisors and Consultants are also the highest paid in Jamaica’s history, despite presiding over an economy in limbo and a nation buckling under the strain of immense poverty with 50 % or half of it’s schoolchildren classified as poor. Incidentally, Public Sector workers longing for wage increases were told by Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips in his budget presentation more than two months ago that, “it mek no sense to raid an empty shop”, in clear reference to the serious economic difficulties. Today, Dr. Phillips has 12 Advisors/ Consultants and Assistants on the payroll, twice that of former Minister of Finance Audley Shaw.

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Dr. Peter Phillips, Finance Minister

 

Additionally, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller takes a salary of $7,271,283 plus standard perks making her the highest paid Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history. The Prime Minister also travels frequently at government expense accompanied by large delegations many times on very light government business including watching a football game in Antigua. Her delegation to New York City in April for an award function included Special Advisors Delano Franklyn and Dr Carlton Davis and Chairman of Clarendon Alumina Partners, Dr. Vin Lawrence. This in addition to three ministers Senator Sandrea Falconer, Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill, Energy, Mining and ICT Minister Phillip Paulwell and Assistants. Incidentally, the Prime Minister is in Manhattan and the Finance Minister in Canada for Jamaican independence related cocktail receptions and dinners.

WE NOW PRESENT THE BIG MONEY PRINCES, PRINCESSES  & COURTIERS OF QUEEN PORTIA’S COURT

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Hon. Sandrea Falconer, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information 

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus allowance of around JA$900,000 per year + Government Vehicle entitlement

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Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Sports

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus allowance of around JA$900,000 per year + Government Vehicle entitlement

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Mr. Luther ‘Bollo’ Buchanan, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for No One Knows

SALARY + Allowance: JA$5 million (Estimate) + Government Vehicle entitlement

 

ADVISORS

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Burchell Whiteman, former General Secretary of the PNP and MP

SALARY: JA$5.5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 

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Delano Franklyn, former PNP Candidate/ former PJ Patterson Advisor/ Head of Michael Manley Foundation

SALARY: JA$5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 

 

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Carlton Davies, former Cabinet Secretary and brother of Dr. Omar Davies

SALARY: JA$4.7 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 

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Deborah Hickling, Team Portia loyalist

SALARY: JA$4.5 million plus traveling/ gas money allowance of around JA$800,000

 

Assistants include:

 

Pamella Redwood, Team Portia Loyalist

SALARY: JA$2.5 million (Estimate) plus traveling/ gas money allowance

 

Everton Maitland, PNPYO Regional Chairman

SALARY: JA$2.5 million (Estimate) plus traveling/ gas money allowance

 

Dollis Campbell, Portia loyalist

SALARY: JA$3 million (Estimate) plus traveling/ gas money allowance

 

Several other Advisors and Assistants are on the payroll adding several more millions dollars. Across other Ministries are countless cases of Advisor/ Consultant stacking at incredible expense to taxpayers. Multi-Million dollar Advisors and Assistants include people who fancied themselves as independent commentators and civil society figures, certainly up to the night of December 29, 2011. ImageFranklin Johnston, an Advisor to Ronald Thwaites in the Ministry of Education with salary and benefits amounting to JA$5/6 million per annum and Tony Myers now employed at the Ministry of Energy and Mining for Minister Phillip Paulwell are just two examples.

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had one Advisor, one Consultant and 4 Assistants, most with salaries far below the lofty salaries above.

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In April 2009 in solidarity with the harsh economic times then Mr. Golding took a 15% cut in salary with Government MPs taking a 10% cut. Then Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller refused to take a pay cut and her Opposition colleague MPs equally refused.

 

With media and civil society largely quiet most Jamaicans probably don’t know that since the change of administration just over seven months ago the Net International Reserves (NIR) had collapsed by US$600 million moving from about US$2 billion to US$1.4 billion. But they should know that after the previous government kept the exchange rate stable for two years, since the change of government, the dollar has galloped from US$1 to J$90 coming from US$1 to J$86.30. They should know that inflation is rising from single digits to double digits; interest rates no longer look stable and business and consumer confidence at all time lows. Beyond that an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in limbo, with the driver Prime Minister Simpson-Miller leaving Jamaica comfortably parked on a train track unable to state clearly to the passengers where it is she is taking us.

 

Maybe she is waiting on her ‘brief’.

 

— Delano Seiveright, Truth and Facts only

delanoseiv@wordpress.com

 

 

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4 responses to “Jamaica’s Prime Minister has 15 Advisors, Consultants, Assistants, Ministers costing taxpayers around $60 million per year?

  1. Brian

    This is sooo sickening that I didn’t even bother to finish reading the article……disgusting.

  2. Kadian Francis

    This is scandalous

  3. DanRich

    Tun up di ting PNP….dont stop the progress (or lack thereof)

  4. Tia

    well this is what the people of Jamaica voted for.

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