CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. May 18, 2010: `Bruce u still fi resign. How u a go represent Jamaica on di international scene. Di damage cannot be restored.` That was just one of several comments from Jamaicans of the `Prime Minister Bruce Golding Must Resign` Facebook page last night moments after the country`s leader decided against resigning and informed nationals in a nationwide speech.
As membership grew to almost 1,200 people on the page, up from 180 last Thursday, many complained that he should resign, since following the Trafigura scandal under the Peoples National Party government, Minister Collin Campbell resigned amidst calls from Golding, who was at the time opposition leader.
`It would be more than fitting that he resigns,` added another member of the group writing as Sophia Shy. `His credibility has been tarnished. How will he be able to represent Jamaica at heads of government affairs overseas, with everyone looking down on him.`
This as Patrick Humes urged, `Lets keep up the pressure until he and his cronies resign!`
Golding last night said while he had indicated to the central executive of the JLP, including his parliamentary members that he was prepared to step aside as Prime Minister but the offer was rejected and he was asked to reconsider.
As such, he said last night he will stay on as leader of the country but said it cannot be business as usual while begging for the forgiveness of nationals.
Golding`s address came almost a week after in an about face address to t Parliament, he admitted he sanctioned attempts through his Jamaica Labor Party to lobby the U.S. government through the engagement of the U.S. law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to drop its extradition request for accused drug lord, Christopher `Dudus` Coke, nicknamed the President of Jamaica.
`Our lapses at times into what comes across as arrogance and disrespect must not be allowed to happen, for we are the servants of the people. Again, I express my regret to those who were offended,` said Golding last night, while pledging to transfer some of his current portfolio responsibilities to other ministers to enable him `to focus more on the issues that drive change and transformation.`
Additionally, he said he intends to intend to put fast track several measures, including: measures to reverse the institutionalization of political tribalism and garrisons as manifested in many constituencies across political lines; implement provisions for the impeachment of public officials; put in place term limits for the office of Prime Minister; create laws to regulate political party financing and seek parliamentary approval for the anti-crime Bills, the DNA Evidence Act and new criminal gang legislation to strengthen the country`s capacity to fight crime including measures to prevent the award of government contracts to individuals linked to criminal activities.
Jamaica`s murder rate continues to the among the highest in the world.