Montague has resigned over FLA Scandal
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Robert Montague has resigned from the Prime Minister Andrew Holness-led Cabinet with immediate effect.
Montague handed in his resignation to Holness late Friday.
A terse statement from Jamaica House stated that Holness met with Montague who expressed that it was a privilege to have had the “opportunity to serve at the highest levels in government”.
Montague’s resignation comes days after an Integrity Commission report stated that he allowed six people of questionable character to be issued with firearms licences while he was national security minister.
Since being appointed to Holness’s Cabinet in 2016, the Jamaica Labour Party chairman has been dogged by numerous allegations of corruption, negligence and abuse of public trust at several statutory entities under his stewardship.
Montague resigned soon after Jeanette Calder of JAMP, asked that MPs implicated in the FLA scandal, step away until the completion of investigations. She said, “due to the severity of the matter, any public official deemed complicit in approving licences for applicants convicted of crimes and questionable activities should be suspended from presiding over the public affairs pending the outcome of further investigations”.
She contended that the information in the report spoke to conduct that would have seriously undermined the work of law enforcement and compromised the fight against corruption and crime.
“When the persons implicated include officials who still retain positions of trust in our Parliament and in Government, the seriousness cannot be overstated and a clear and unambiguous message must be sent.”
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