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Kingston in Chaos

State of emergency (photo credit: Grindley/AP)

Kingston, the Jamaican capital erupts into gun violence as Jamaican PM is linked to head of the criminal gang, the Shower Posse.

A state of emergency has been declared in Kingston Jamaica after the PM Mr Bruce Golding held a top level cabinet meeting to discuss the recent explosion of violence since the Government agreed to a US extradition request for an alleged drugs warlord known as Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

Wanted for suspicion on charges of smuggling drugs and weapons Dudus is the head of the notorious Shower Posse.

According to the police locals in the West Kingston area feel a close allegiance to Dudus who as a local “Don“ a term borrowed from the Mafia funds many local families and community events. In Jamaica where no Government support is available for the abject poor living in shanty towns local drug barons often provide a kind of ‘social services’ support and are stockpiling weapons and mounting barricades around the area of Tivoli Gardens.

The PM constituency and the local area is a stronghold of the Jamaican Labour Party. There have been strong rumours that Dudus had a strong association with Dudus who enforced the ‘garrison gun law’ for the JLP Prime Minister. The suspicion of a close association between Golding and Dudus was confirmed by the recent revelation that Golding had in fact hired legal representation on behalf of the JLP to challenge the US extradition request.

There is a real fear that tensions in Jamaica could spill over to the streets of the UK once Dudus is either extradited or killed, resulting in a power struggle to fill the vacuum. That struggle could ignite bitter gang warfare in its wake with several UK gangs having allegiances with these rival JA factions we could see tensions rise between these gangs here in the UK.

The are also serious issues raised as to the personal involvement of the PM and the extent to which he had previously tried to prevent the extradition.

On Tuesday March 16, 2010, Opposition member Dr. Peter Phillips in a sitting of the JA Parliament made reference to an alleged contractual arrangement between the Government and a United Sates law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to lobby the US Government on a treaty dispute[4] between the two countries that had arisen as a result of the Jamaican Government previously refusing to sign an extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The Golding Administration refused to sign the extradition request on the basis that the evidence was obtained contrary to Jamaican laws. Mr. Golding at that time specifically denied claims that Manatt, Phelps & Phillips was contracted to represent the Jamaican Government.

There is a real fear that tensions in Jamaica could spill over to the streets of the UK once Dudus is either extradited or killed, resulting in a power struggle to fill the vacuum. That struggle could ignite bitter gang warfare in its wake with several UK gangs having allegiances with these rival JA factions we could see tensions rise between these gangs here in the UK.

The are also serious issues raised as to the personal involvement of the PM and the extent to which he had previously tried to prevent the extradition.

On Tuesday March 16, 2010, Opposition member Dr. Peter Phillips in a sitting of the JA Parliament made reference to an alleged contractual arrangement between the Government and a United Sates law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to lobby the US Government on a treaty dispute[4] between the two countries that had arisen as a result of the Jamaican Government previously refusing to sign an extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The Golding Administration refused to sign the extradition request on the basis that the evidence was obtained contrary to Jamaican laws. Mr. Golding at that time specifically denied claims that Manatt, Phelps & Phillips was contracted to represent the Jamaican Government.

A US Justice Department filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) showed that Manatt, Phelps & Phillips had secured a contract worth US $400,000 to represent the Jamaican government in the treaty dispute.

Mr. Karl Samuda, Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce, made a statement in which he noted that unnamed members of the Jamaica Labour Party had approached Harold Brady, to see whether, through his wide network of international contacts, he could assist in facilitating the opening of discussions between the US Authorities and the Government of Jamaica, and thereby, seek to resolve what had become a treaty dispute between the US and Jamaica.

In a statement made by Mr. Golding on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 in Parliament, he revealed that he had sanctioned the initiative to lobby the US Government but that the initiative was to be undertaken by the Jamaica Labour Party and not on behalf of the Jamaican Government.

Following his revelation, the Opposition People’s National Party, its youth arm the PNPYO, and the National Democratic Movement have called for his resignation as Prime Minister. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips maintains that they were contracted on behalf of the Jamaican Government through Harold C.W. Brady of Brady and Co and have since severed ties with the Jamaican Government.

On Monday May 17, 2010 in a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Bruce Golding apologized to the Jamaican people for his involvement in the Manatt affair.

He stated that in a meeting of the party executive he was prepared to step aside as Prime Minister and leader of the Party. The executive rejected his offer and reassured their support for his role as party leader and Prime Minister. In his statement he outlined new measures including, assigning some of his portfolio responsibilities to other government Ministers, and a renewed thrust to enact legislation for: the impeachment of parliamentary members, term limits for the Office of Prime Minister and political party finance reform. He also confirmed that Attorney General and Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne would sign the authorization for the US authorities to commence the extradition case against Coke.

The arrest of Dudus could see a real power struggle emerge between gangs in the Jamaican capital and with several UK gangs having allegiance with these rival factions we could see tensions rise between these gangs here in the UK.

Whatever the outcome of the current situation there are many more tough questions for the PM to answer regarding his relationship with Dudus.

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