President of the People’s National Dr Peter Phillips has hit back at the Prime Minister Andrew Holness regarding the extension of the tenure of the Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewelyn.
Phillips says at no time did he say, nor has anyone else speaking on his behalf said, that the appointment of a new director of public prosecutions should be withheld in order to facilitate a new Administration, or any incoming Government.
“At no time did I say, as the prime minister stated, nor has anyone else speaking on my behalf said, that the appointment of a new DPP should be withheld in order to facilitate a new administration, or any incoming Government. Any suggestion in that regard is palpably false. That type of fabrication by the prime minister is totally unacceptable,” Phillips said.
Holness has said he has recommended a three-year extension of the tenure of the current director of public prosecution.
After serving as DPP for the past 12 years, Llewellyn will reach the retirement age of 60 in September.
Holness said that in making the recommendation for the extension to the Governor-General “we paid attention to the considerations and concerns by the Leader of the Opposition, and after consultation and deliberations internally and with the Governor-General, we decided to extend her term of service for another three years”.
The Prime Minister expressed confidence in the ability of the DPP.
“I think, generally, most persons will agree that the current DPP has done a fairly good job in building out the Office of the DPP, and I think it’s not just in the execution of her role but, certainly, in strengthening the institution itself, and from the Government’s perspective we are satisfied,” he said.