Monthly Archives: August 2013

Controversy: Appointment of Colin ‘Trafigura’ Campbell to run bankrupt JUTC – G2K Writes JUTC Chairman


August 9, 2013


Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper


Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited

Dear Rev. Roper,


Re: Appointment of Collin Campbell


In keeping with the broad principles which are enshrined by the Access to Information Act, our organization’s mandate to act in the public’s interest and in the pursuance of transparency and accountability, we hereby request the following information:

  1. The date on which Mr. Campbell’s application for the post of Managing Director was received;
  2. The number of Persons Shortlisted for the Position;
  3. A Copy of the Functions and Responsibilities and the qualification requirements for the position of Managing Director of the JUTC;
  4.  Evidence of Mr. Campbell’s qualifications;
  5. The date that Mr. Campbell’s contract was signed; and
  6. A copy of the contract which has been issued and signed by Mr. Campbell, this should include the remuneration package.

Additionally, it has been reported in the media that Mr. Campbell’s prior experience as Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport was a deciding factor in the interview process. As such, we think it prudent that you share with the country (a) the performance of the JUTC, including the financial statements of the company, during Mr. Campbell’s tenure as Minister of State and (b) any specific initiative which enhanced the operations of the JUTC that can be attributed to Mr. Campbell.




Floyd Green



CC.       Carlene Ross, Company Secretary

The Hon. Omar Davis, Minister of Transport and Works

Ms. Audrey V. Sewell, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works



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Where did the $100 million go, Lisa Hanna? “It was not a Grand Gala; it was a big stage show”

Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange yesterday called for an investigation into the spending of the $100 million allocated for this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations.


“What did they (Government) do with a $100 million for the Independence celebration. It was not reflected in the events that we saw,” said Grange, who spoke with the Jamaica Observer yesterday as she toured with JLP candidate Beverley Prince, who went up against Sheryn Bromfield in the CassiaPark by-election.


“That was not a Grand Gala; it was a big stage show,” the Opposition spokesperson quipped.


“Certainly Jamaicans went to see the Grand Gala but they saw the wrong Gala; it was a big disappointment [and] an investigation is needed,” said Grange.


The Ministry of Youth and Culture said, however, that the celebrations were a success.


“This year’s event, which culminated the celebration of the country’s 51st anniversary of Independence, was truly a symbol of what can be attained through collaborative action and synergies,” a release from the ministry stated.


The release said the $100 million was spent on all festival and Independence celebratory activities co-ordinated by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in all parishes, as well as the national level, adding that the Grand Gala was within its budget of $52.8 million.


The ministry, meanwhile, expressed thanks and appreciation to all participants, adding that their efforts allowed for “a successful production and execution of thisyear’s Grand Gala event”.


N.B. A TVJ Poll on Grand Gala stated that 60%  did not  like and 40% liked.–100-million_14844705

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