“Glory Be!” were the words from the Leader of Opposition Mark Golding on Marlene Malahoo Forte being appointed as Jamaica’s attorney general after replacing Dr Derrick McKoy.
While addressing a People’s National Party (PNP) conference, Golding announced, “finally, we have a new attorney general. Glory be.”
McKoy, a former contractor general, took oath as a new attorney general during the PNP’s conference. His predecessor, Malahoo Forte, has taken oath as a Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs- a freshly created portfolio.
After the oath-taking ceremony, PM Andrew Holness said Malaho Forte would overlook the nation’s law and constitution among the rest of the things.
During welcoming the new face to the office of the Attorney General, the leader of opposition took issue with McKoy not being a Member of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Golding said, “The new attorney general will not sit in the Parliament and so as he cannot be held to the Jamaican citizens, even after all he is a political appointee who advises the Cabinet on the matters that comes to the Parliament.”
He further added, “It’s an unacceptable fixture, although technically permissible, especially during the time PM has been talking up a storm on constitutional reforms.”
The PNP leader claims, “Jamaica knows, and its people knows that this Government is the violator of the constitution and laws and it cannot be trusted with any of the additionally levied constitutional powers that may be used to violate or remove or reduce the rights of the Jamaican people or threaten our democracy.”
Furthermore, he suggested that the attorney general must be present in the Parliament to answer the people’s representatives.