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Feb 7, 2019

John Briceño Opposes Request Made by Paulette Elrington

Paulette Elrington

Opposition Leader John Briceño also joined the Public Service Union in condemning a request for advice for a recommendation made on behalf of Paulette Elrington, the daughter of Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. As we have been reporting, a leaked memo has raised eyebrows because Paulette, who is a contract officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is requesting to be placed on study leave, but still receive all her allowances and salary of almost two hundred thousand dollars per year.   Briceño says the unacceptable request is a trend within the ruling United Democratic Party.


John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“This has been a record of the U.D.P. government. If you were to look at all the people getting all the big scholarships, the scholarships where tax payers are paying tens of thousands of dollars you will notice that most of them are the ministers’ children or relatives of the ministers or their very highly connected to the U.D.P.  I don’t know Ms. Paulette and I wish her no ill but I believe that while she may be entitled to a scholarship but to be able to ask, or supposedly it was being recommended, for all the perks that she was getting while she was living in New York for it to be paid for her living in Jamaica where first of all the cost of living is way, way lower, is simply unacceptable. Again, it shows a pattern of this U.D.P. government where only the friends and family of closely knit and highly connected U.D.P. officials that have been benefitting since 2008 under Dean Barrow and the United Democratic Government.”


Minister Elrington has gone on record to say that no one from the Elrington family has any special privilege from government. 

News Five has also received documents showing that two senior police officers, Jackie Willoughby, crown counsel at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser, were both awarded forty thousand dollars each to pursue studies in Turin, Italy. Fraser is doing a programme in industrial and employment relations and Willoughby is also doing the same programme. Those grants came through the Ministry of Education.

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