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Accompong Maroons Chief Currie Disappointed in Colonels

Accompong Maroons Colonel Richard Currie is urging “proper dialogue” between the government and maroons to quell tension after he was excluded from a meeting between the two parties on Friday.

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Speaking during an Instagram live Friday, Currie claimed that Government had agreed to meet with maroon colonels only if he was not present, and that his colleagues had reversed their stance from an earlier decision not to meet with members of the Holness administration without him.

 “We raised the concerns, we had an open discussion about it and everyone decided it was in the best interest of the collective in maintaining the position of one conversation having to do with the rights of the indigenous people and the maroons,” Currie said. “Having agreed to these terms, within the last 24 hours, much to my disappointment, the decision of the three colonels, has changed.”

He said, since Accompong is at the centre of the dispute, it was nonsensical that the Government excluded him from the meeting.

The Office of the Prime Minister confirmed in a release Friday that Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other members of Government met with Colonel Lloyd Latibeaudiere of the Scotts Hall Maroons, Colonel Wallace Sterling of the Moore Town Maroons and Colonel Marcia Douglas of the Charles Town Maroons.

According to the OPM, “After productive discussions, it was agreed that future meetings will be convened to continue the positive engagement between the Government and the maroons.”

The maroons and the Government have been at odds in recent times as the Accompong Maroons have been asserting sovereignty from the Jamaican state since electing a new leader, in Currie, in February 2021. Currie recently categorically refuted Holness’ pronouncement that Jamaica is a unitary sovereign state. 

Maroon chief Currie urges ‘proper dialogue’ after being left out of meeting with PM  Jamaica Observer


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