Desmond McKenzie

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Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “They have said clearly that one of the things that they need to enhance what they are doing is life vests. We are going to be providing 100 life vests for the rafters here so that they can do that. And that will be done through the Social Development Commission (SDC) and we are committed to supporting this effort,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am not going to give a time (for completion of the work), but the additional cost on the amount (allocated) was probably another $2 million, so it was not an enormous amount over the original $20 million that was allocated for the renovation of the market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am elated, because the adjustments have been made, the consultations with the vendors were held, and the vendors are satisfied. Once the vendors are satisfied, we are satisfied. My only wish is that we can complete the project in a reasonable time, so that the vendors can come back to this location because presently, they are occupying the transportation centre,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The criteria that makes one eligible for these houses are that they must be a registered poor, and that the investigation and the determination will be made by the inspector of poor [for the parish], working with the Board of Supervision in the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The criteria that makes one eligible for these [housing] solutions are that they must be a registered poor, and that the investigation and the determination will be made by the Inspector of Poor [for the parish], working with the Board of Supervision in the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 3:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “Specifically, these are the white-ball, one-day and T-20 International matches between the West Indies and Ireland, scheduled for January 8-16 at Sabina Park, and the semi-final rounds of Manning and daCosta Cup matches. Our multi-ministry and agency committee, involving the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development; Health and Wellness; and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, received submissions from the Jamaica Cricket Association and the Inter-Secondary Schools Association, respectively, for a limited number of spectators to attend these games. Most regrettably, in light of the rising positivity rate and the threat of the Omicron variant, it is not possible to accommodate this request. At this point, it is simply not practical to give the green light for public access to these games,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “the Government will exercise flexibility as the situation changes, as the role and impact of sport on social well-being, social development and on the local economies of communities is fully acknowledged. This administration will facilitate the return of spectator participation in sport in the safest way possible, in the shortest possible time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “What this is saying is that people are not adhering to the protocols, and then they’re criminal elements who use these illegal parties to exercise the power of the gun and it’s affecting us. It is affecting the murder rate and I can only ask persons to remember that no parties,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You have increase in motor vehicle accidents. You have traffic pile-up across the country. We are asking the police to do too much, and yet we are expecting them to do that. We as citizens are not doing enough to ensure that the work of the police is not enormous,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A large number of these illegal facilities have been cleared and we have put in the necessary measures to ensure that no more illegal dumping takes place at these sites across the country,” External link

jis Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is expected that these measures will help to reduce the backlog of solid waste that our citizens are experiencing in some parts of the country. Significant work has been taking place already to decrease the volume of [waste] that has accumulated, and this initiative will move the process forward as well as ensure that whatever garbage is generated thorough the holiday period will be properly managed,” External link

jis Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “They must be fully vaccinated and must present a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than three days old and they must also walk with their proof of vaccination,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have established in at least six infirmaries, a new concept called therapeutic parks. These parks are constructed with benches, water fountain, a little gazebo, an area where they can sit and relax and these visits will be facilitated using the therapeutic parks and where there are no parks, we are putting in an area to facilitate the visits,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am hoping that once the procurement process and the estimate are completed, by early January we will commence work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are a government that is committed to rural development, and we will ensure that we play our part in assisting… the people of south St. James,” External link

jis Monday, December 13, 2021 6:10:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “We have a long list of Jamaicans who need to get into the system and we will be examining the protocols. We will be looking to see what this new strain [Omicron] will do, and I am hoping that in early January I will be in a position to make the announcement. But I can assure the country that we are almost close to the point where we will now start to admit or accept new cases in our infirmaries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 13, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Just this week in Parliament, the legislation was amended to extend stiffer penalties to criminals who are incarcerated, who are creating more havoc in the society from prison,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have to admit how embarrassed I am. It's my first visit here to the Sav market and I have gotten messages from the vendors about how they have been suffering where it concerns the condition of the market. But seeing it for myself, I could never support any initiative to force people to go into the market because the market is not suitable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Cinemas and theatres will continue to open with limitations, while churches, which are among the most responsive and supportive organisations, have also been allowed to continue to operate within their limitations,” “Let me clearly state that we have not move the restrictions on entertainment, so parties and nightclubs are not permitted to open and to operate” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Any parties that take place and any nightclubs that are open, while engaging in music and dancing, is doing so in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are looking at measures that will allow us to consider how we approach it, but we also have to be mindful that we did make some concessions, and some of the players did not live up to the commitment that they gave,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The prime minister on Tuesday announced new measures around COVID. The prime minister has been clear, and we have been clear, that we cannot continue to squeeze the life out of the economy of the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is a significant portion of the revenues of the local authorities. We are looking at measures that will allow us to consider how we approach it, but we also have to be mindful that we did make some concessions, and some of the players didn’t live up to the commitment that they gave, and while we understand the hardships that those persons in the sector experience, we also have to look at the wider picture,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:11:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The original intention was to provide a hot meal for the street people. It has now moved to include breakfast. I am proud of the service it is delivering,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 10, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The vendors who are going to be using this facility must take pride in using it ... . This is not an apartment building ... . It’s not somewhere where you bring no mattress and throw pan di ground, and then after we see TV come in, and then you have some relatives from country, yuh bring dem come, and it becomes an apartment complex,” “I am giving the vendors notice. This was not built for you to live in. It was constructed for you to ply your trade, and anybody who breach the protocols can’t stay in there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government did not indicate at any time about the Bethel Town fire station. We know it is of concern but, right now, there are three stations [other] that are slated to be constructed next year,” “I did indicate that we will be looking at the question of Bethel Town and also one in St Elizabeth” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “There is some effect in terms of mental health and that is why I have invited them [youth mayors] to meet with the Social Development Commission (SDC) so that they will be able to put in perspective their views and recommendation, so that the SDC will be able to take on some of these positions and use it going forward… to see how best we can improve on the problems that many people are experiencing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “This is the most outstanding youth forum that we have had since the inception because what is coming out of today will not be lost here. It will not be a mere discussion, but there are issues that we have to build on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What we are looking to do is that once we start to re-admit persons to the infirmaries, one of the conditions that will be laid out is that new cases coming into the infirmaries must be fully vaccinated before they are admitted to the infirmary. We have to do that to safeguard the population in our infirmaries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The other thing we are contemplating is how are we going to treat visits in the Christmas season. Last year we partnered with Digicel and we used technology as a means of allowing loved ones to communicate with their relatives inside of the infirmaries. This year we are looking to see if we can do it on a limited face-to-face basis where people, once we have agreed and I just want to say it from now, what we are looking for is that people who would want to visit their relatives in the infirmaries, people who are desirous of doing so must be fully vaccinated, and they must come with a [negative] COVID test that is 72 hours [before], and we will limit visits based on appointments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So you would make your appointments, you would come at the time given and we will be creating areas such as the therapeutic park, as a means of allowing loved ones during the festive season, once we have worked out the protocols. That is the approach we will be taking,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “People must understand that in order to protect the integrity and to maintain the very high standards that we have had since COVID with the infirmaries, that all the protocols that are being used will be observed once we take that decision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “With the quality of your presentations, I will be very disappointed if in 10 years some of you are not involved in the political process, at least at the local government level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is that aspect of government which gets closest to the people. It is no chaka chaka representation. Marcus Garvey, Alexander Bustamante, Hugh Shearer, Portia Simpson Miller all served in local government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “An outstanding mention was that of mental health. It is not lost on me how COVID-19 has affected the youth,” “One of the greatest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic is the education sector; the youngsters have had their mental capacity tested” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “In six parishes there will be rural development programme established to expand Internet connectivity, lights, water and road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I must point out that Westmoreland will be one of our main areas within western Jamaica in this year’s conference,” “It’s a parish where the MPs are relatively new, so the focus will be in Westmoreland to highlight the new members of parliament and to give the kind of support and respect to the people that they gave to the Jamaica Labour Party in the last general election” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Crime is all of our concerns and I believe, collectively, as a people, we can overcome that hurdle if we truly commit ourselves to the fight against crime,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is not that any person who is an anti-vaxer will be forced, but we must protect those for whom we provide care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie disclosed : “A therapeutic park, a fountain, improvements to the kitchen, painting of the building, and the erection of a fence, is all part of the work to be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I must inform you that 85 per cent of the residents have been vaccinated. Among staff members, 70 per cent are vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is the intention of the Ministry of Health to look into what social patients are costing hospitals. They are occupying critical bed space and, by doing so, hamper the real reason for which hospital bed spaces are intended,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “This infirmary has less than 100 occupants, but my Government, which has since 2016 spent $700 million on infirmaries, is displaying here in Trelawny how caring we are for those who reside here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The prime minister will speak extensively at the conference on the question of security. But let me say, crime is all of us concern; and I believe collectively we can overcome that hurdle if we truly commit ourselves to the fight against crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This year's conference will bring a message of hope to the Jamaican people. This year's conference will assure the Jamaican people that the Jamaica Labour Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is still committed and will work harder in rebuilding Jamaica to ensure that as a nation and as a people we continue to give the prosperity that we started in 2016,” “I urge all Jamaicans at home and abroad, wherever you are, to join us this Sunday virtually in building back Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “to show the country the steps we are taking and the steps that are being taken to build back from the onslaught of COVID-19” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This Government is not lost in accepting and recognising that young people are going to be trailblazers [because] what you all need is for people to believe in you, to understand and to respect your views,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "It's a parish where the MPs are relatively new, so the focus will be in Westmoreland to highlight the new members of parliament and to give the kind of support and respect to the people of Westmoreland that they gave to the Jamaica Labour Party in the last general election," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the workers in our infirmaries, and to say that your efforts have made our country, Jamaica, one of the best countries in the world, because our infirmaries have not suffered significant fallout because of COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 22, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Horace Chan ) : “This project will have no problem. There will be no dons and ‘donnetts’ on this site. There will be no extra pay bill to facilitate work. That will never happen in this constituency on this project; and as the MP, I am giving Minister Chang that commitment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So I would recommend to my fellow brothers and sisters within the region that an effective local government system can help, in many ways, in the fight against disasters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We can use it for any formal event - sports, church, or wherever mass gatherings are going to be. It is going to be done on a controlled basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “However, discussions will continue regarding the possibility of allowing vaccinated spectators into ‘The Office’ for the following World Cup qualifying home match against Mexico on January 27, 2022,” “These consultations will, of course, be influenced by the continuous monitoring of the COVID-19 indicators in the country, including the positivity rate. Once a decision is arrived at, an announcement will be made in due course” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are putting in a washing area and a water tank and it will be a fully constructed house that will meet the requirements of the family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “When you come into situations like these and you see the housing stock it tells you why there is a need to expand the programme. We have needy Jamaicans right across the country and it is a pleasure to know that we are going to be playing a part in helping to alleviate some of the challenges experienced in areas such as this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “The next targeted area in the Corporate Area will be in south St Andrew and then central Kingston and then we will go into south St James, and then we will go into western Westmoreland. We have over 30 units presently under construction right across Jamaica and we are building these units at an affordable price,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “It is not for any little young boy or girl to hitch up and it is not for sale or for rent. The poor relief department of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation will have an active role to visit and ensure what was given is maintained. The persons who are benefiting [must be] those in need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are using tax dollars in a meaningful and productive way so that persons can benefit. The Government has committed to providing over 70,000 houses. We are playing our part in that 70,000 target. There is a joint partnership with the HOPE programme and the Ministry of Local Government that we are going to commencing in a short while. We will be building an additional 20 units as part of the Social Housing Programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “No spectator, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be allowed into the stadium,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:05:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am satisfied with the state of readiness. Everything is in place. We are only hoping that there will be no need for us to activate these facilities, but if we do, again, I am giving the assurance that we are in a state of readiness for the hurricane season,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “A big word of thanks to the National Housing Trust [NHT]. I want to place on record the gratitude of the Ministry of Local Government to the NHT, because when the present Minister of Finance [Nigel Clarke] was chairman of the NHT [board], there was some arrangement that was made years ago for the NHT to provide some funding to assist some social programmes,” “That [over] $200 million that was provided by the NHT has benefited Westmoreland, St Elizabeth, Portland, Hanover and Manchester,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 12:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This project is intended to upgrade the community in the best way we can – roads, water, light, indigent housing support, community open space, Internet access, and most importantly, having social programmes that will allow the community members to feel like they are a part of anywhere else in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “It does not necessarily mean that we will spend that amount, or it can also take more. As we go along, we will have to do assessments,” “We are hoping that once we have done the final assessments, we will be able to commence the project. Remember, we have to go through the procurement process for certain things, so hopefully we can commence by the end of July or early August” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The shelters are equipped, and will be able to accept persons if it becomes necessary, and it is the responsibility of every Jamaican, during this period to pay close attention to the warnings, reading the bulletins [issued] by ODPEM, especially in Portland, a parish that is prone to flooding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 14, 2021 12:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I dismiss that because that is not true. We have been consistent in executing the protocols, regardless of who it may be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : "Everybody is feeling it and if we take that decision then I will urge the local authorities to come on board and let us try to return some semblance of stability to those who rely heavily on the sector. We have people who sell soup [and] chicken, who sells the beer, who provides certain services that continue to find it difficult to make two ends meet," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "So, I'm going to put it to the mayors and I'm hoping to get their buy in on it because I think it will go a far way in showing the commitment of a collective response of the Government to a sector that has been severely affected because of COVID-19," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I can't speak for my colleague minister in short order, a report of the incident that took place at Rick's Cafe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 3:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are almost 100 per cent ready in terms of our shelters. There are 867 shelters islandwide, and we have done assessment on almost 90 per cent of shelters across the island. All our shelters are equipped with isolation areas so that persons, if they come down with COVID, will be relocated to these areas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is well known that entertainment activities of this type have been banned by order since March last year when COVID-19 arrived in the country. The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation did not permit this event to occur, and indeed, no municipal corporation has issued permits for events since last year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I want to make it clear that no preferential treatment is being given by the Government,” “There are no two Jamaicas. The police are dealing with this incident, which has been captured on video, and I wish to remind everyone that these breaches carry significant fines, which include the maximum $1 million and up to a year in prison on conviction” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I call for good sense to prevail, as we must navigate the pandemic in a way that ensures our collective survival and recovery," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Kingston Western ) : “West Kingston has the distinct honour of having four prime ministers serving as its member of parliament, and we are a constituency that deserves the recognition and deserves the respect, because we have produced some of our greatest modern leaders since universal adult suffrage,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Today, we salute you, Papa Eddie. Happy birthday, we miss you. We will continue to love and cherish you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Desmond McKenzie ) : "It is well known that entertainment activities of this type have been banned by order since March last year, when COVID-19 arrived in the country. The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation did not permit this event to occur, and indeed, no municipal corporation has issued permits for events since last year''. The seven-day closure is in addition to the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo) withdrawing Rick's Café's COVID-19 compliance certification with immediate effect due to the violation, which McKenzie said “...has caused outrage and evoked feeling of biased and differential application of the law. " External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “To date, 220 persons have been infected with 11 deaths recorded [at infirmaries and golden age homes]. The Denham Town Golden Age Home is the only facility that has not recorded a positive case of COVID-19,” “We grieve at the fact that any loss of life occurred. At the same time, I am really heartened that the mortality rate in the care facilities in Jamaica is absolutely one of the lowest in the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, and as far as Europe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The importance of the role of the JFB (Jamaica Fire Brigade), in protecting lives and property, has been exceeded only by the dedication of the people who make up this outstanding agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “You may not see them every day, but firefighters are always nearby, ready to respond, and that is why this Administration has invested over $5 billion in equipment and infrastructure since 2016,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “To date, 220 persons have been infected with 11 deaths recorded [at infirmaries and golden age homes]. The Denham Town Golden Age Home is the only facility that has not recorded a positive case of COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Our disaster coordinators have been doing all the things necessary to secure shelters during the period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Rural Water Supply Limited also installed water supply systems in over 22 communities in eight parishes and now, over 33,000 people are enjoying vastly improved water supply as a result of the work of the rural water agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The programme will include the installation of water, electricity, Internet access, roads, sidewalks, community parks, and indigent housing. We will use this programme to give new life to our rural communities over the next two years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It will energise many families who are struggling, especially those with only one phone to share for four or five children. It will give stimulus to those students who have already caught on the online revolution but are not in a position to afford a tablet or a smart phone, so today is an opportunity to expose the students to the advancing age of technology,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Yvonne had been fighting multiple myeloma from 2014, and breast cancer since 2011 – a fact that she was very open about. She did not allow these severe health challenges to keep her down. In fact, she found the strength to campaign in southern St Catherine in the February 2016 general election, and she campaigned victoriously to remain councillor for her division in the local government elections in November that year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Yvonne had been fighting multiple myeloma from 2014, and breast cancer since 2011. A fact that she was very open about. She did not allow these severe health challenges to keep her down; in fact, she found the strength to campaign in Southern St Catherine in the February 2016 general election, and she campaigned victoriously to remain councillor for her division in the local government elections in November that year. I believe that determination came not only from her strong faith, but also from her never-say-die, firebrand personality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 14, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Though the management of COVID-19 continues to require the observance of the public health measures including curfews, the Government at the same time recognises the very special emotional place that Mother's Day has in the hearts of our people. As a mark of respect and appreciation for all our nation's women, I want to emphasise that this two-hour extension is exclusively for these entities and persons, to help to spread joy on Mother's Day,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 7, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This decision came at the end of a meeting I chaired today involving representatives of the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Premier League Clubs Association, the Jamaica Football Federation, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Social Development Commission,” “We have been meeting for some time, to ensure that all possible mechanisms concerning the efficient prevention and management of COVID-19 are applied to all aspects of Club competition, including the health and safety of players, referees and Club workers and administrators. Further details regarding the starting times and the conditions under which the competitions will be held, will be disclosed at a later date,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The impact of sport on social well-being and social development is well recognized, and the Government will support all efforts to promote the enjoyment of sport in the safest way possible. In this regard, the Government is actively considering applications from a range of sporting associations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While we are relieved that there were no injuries or deaths reported, the fact is that all entertainment events are prohibited by order. I have noted that the Westmoreland police are investigating the matter, and the fact is that all who organised this event, including the owners and managers of the vessel, and those who attended it are liable for prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is not the first time that this vessel has worked with us here in Jamaica to provide relief supplies across the region, and today, I am extremely honoured and proud to be a part of this as we have seen again what cooperation at the highest level can do in times of crisis,” “Getting the stuff was easy, but to transport it posed a difficulty that we have faced at all times when we are asked to respond” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government was approached to provide assistance to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines… [and] we mobilised the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to coordinate the efforts. Getting the supplies was easy, but transporting posed the difficulty that we have faced at all times when we are asked to respond, and our friends in The Bahamas have demonstrated, again, what Caribbean unity is all about,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “An account numbered 212387304 has also been opened at the National Commercial Bank, Oxford Place Branch, to accept donations from the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Association ) : “We are working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and other private sector partners, which include the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporter's Association, to finalise relief efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Ministry of Local Government, as you all know, is critical to the COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “We will be coordinating with the 63 Members of Parliament… and on Tuesday (today) I will be meeting with all the mayors and the CEOs [of the municipal bodies], and the inspectors of the poor… where Minister Tufton will join that virtual meeting to outline the process as we go forward. We want to use that platform to encourage Jamaicans not to listen to the false narrative that is out there about the vaccine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The two-week exercise will give us an opportunity to see how well it works … and that will make the necessary decisions how we go forward after the period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The level of security that will come is going to be one where the communities will definitely buy into because it is for their advantage more than anything else,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I salute the work and the very visible legacy that Derron Wood has left in Eastern Portland and especially in the Fairy Hill Division. He has cemented himself into the modern history of local governance in this part of Portland, and he is already being greatly missed. No words can ease the pain of his passing, but I offer especially to his family, the assurance that he lived an exemplary life, and has made his parish a better place because he stepped forward to serve," External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "It is a bitter blow for us in the Jamaica Labour Party family. Derron was a popular and highly respected councillor, who served the people of Fairy Hill in that capacity for nearly 18 years," External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it clear that only the clergy will be allowed to administer the final rites for persons who are buried or cremated in these three circumstances. No family gathering will be allowed. The current order prohibiting burials remains in effect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What this means is that effective Monday, March 15, the Registrar General’s Department will issue burial orders after receiving death certificates so that families and funeral homes can make all the necessary arrangements for the final send-off of the deceased once the ban on burials is lifted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 15, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You cannot be encouraging actions like those because if a Government bows to that kind of pressure, the Government is going to lose its legitimacy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:39:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Following the announcement by the most honourable prime minister in Parliament on February 9, applications for sporting events are being considered on a case-by-case basis. An application for the Sigma Run was made and approval was given after a full range of stringent protocols, for which the company was required to manage, were considered. The ministry recognises the concerns of Jamaicans and the general public and would like to give the assurance that the event was monitored and found to be compliant with the approved protocols. We are reaffirming to Jamaica that the consideration to grant the approval was based on compliance with the established porotocols only, and is the first of a number of applications that was considered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:35:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Failure to obtain the proper approvals can have unwelcomed consequences. Unfortunately, this is what happened at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) training camp. While the JFF had submitted an application for the event, it did not wait for approval and sadly multiple cases of COVID [were] discovered among the players,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:35:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "The Ministry recognises the concerns of Jamaicans and the general public and would like to give the assurance that the event was monitored and found to be compliant with the approved protocols. We are reaffirming to Jamaica that the consideration to grant the approval was based on compliance with the established protocols only and is the first of a number of applications that was considered," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “However, as we all know, these are not normal times. We are living with COVID-19, and we as parliamentarians are not exempt from the social distancing and public gathering rules. Accordingly, I am encouraging all Jamaica Labour Party supporters to stay away from Gordon House and its environs, when the State Opening of Parliament takes place next Thursday, February 18. Please watch the ceremony on television or tune in by radio or go online. I know that we will be missing the joy of having our bedrock supporters close to us, but we must accept that public health and safety comes first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 12, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie commented : “Digicel must be commended for this donation and all the efforts that they have made during the pandemic, they have been an excellent corporate body. These hand-washing stations will be distributed throughout every infirmary and municipal building islandwide. We will also be installing stations in towns and commercial areas like Cross Roads. I hope the public recognises the importance of using these units and treating them well, so we may all benefit from them” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:30:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While these are clearly horrific and criminal acts, I am left to wonder if this is the outcome of an outburst of madness. It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “This incident also revives the daily challenge to us all to be a far gentler society, and to ensure that the vulnerable among us are never seen or treated as expendable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population. Although we provide a full range of services at the drop-in centres, including overnight accommodation, many of our homeless brothers and sisters use them, but prefer to stay on the streets, thus making them even more vulnerable to organised or random attacks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While these are clearly horrific and criminal acts, I am left to wonder if this is the outcome of an outburst of madness. It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Even as the police work to solve these assaults and murders, I am appealing to our homeless people to make greater use of these facilities that are dedicated to them. They are staffed by committed professionals who continue to provide total care for all who visit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The police and the JDF Coast Guard will be enforcing the order to ensure that no gatherings of any kind occur on these cays. I want to say to the persons who are organising these events, and to those attending them, that you know that what you are doing is illegal, and you run the risk of prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This now takes to three in total, the number of cays that have been closed and will remain closed by the order. A few days ago, Lime Cay and Maiden Cay were closed, after the receipt of reports of flagrant breaches of the COVID-19 protocols taking place there, and it is our information that persons had started to shift the illegal parties to Pigeon Cay,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “All the infirmaries have been doing regular tests almost every other week because of the nature of the infirmaries, and thank God, so far, we have only had one case in Westmoreland. Outside of that, all the persons who were affected by COVID have recovered fully,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not soliciting any funds from anybody. The Government has provided all the funds to feed, to maintain the institutions and also to provide meals for the homeless population right across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “They are employing additional sweepers and they are making sure all the areas, the public spaces across the country, are adequately swept and the garbage collected and taken to the disposal site,” “The entity will be putting on additional trucks and they have been doing so, taking into consideration the impact the rains have had on the collection of garbage over the last couple of weeks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What we have noticed is that information is being used on social pages on Facebook and other social-media platforms to promote these illegal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “That is the name of the event set for Club Utopia in Bull Bay, St Andrew (December 9). This is one of the flyers in total disregard for the Government and this information has been passed on to the police to prevent these illegal activities from going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are aware of nightclubs, especially in the Corporate Area, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril and other major centres, are operating in defiance of the protocols. These venues registered as restaurants are now operating as nightclubs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are significant challenges in holding these elections at this time, as the country is well aware that the Government is engaged in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the economy and indeed the lives of people, not just here in Jamaica but across the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie suggested : “What we don't want is for the country to believe that there is some hanky-panky in providing these trucks for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB). It would be a sad reflection on us, as a country, when we are doing what is necessary to safeguard the interest of the Jamaican people, that it is clouded in any uncertainty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie pointed out ( about National Safety ) : “Fire trucks are not something that you walk into a supplier and buy off the shelf. Those trucks have to be built to specification, and those specifications are laid down coming from the National Works Agency, which works closely with the Jamaica Fire Brigade to come up with the specifications, and those specification would cost” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about National Safety ) : “On each of these occasions, National Safety Limited has won the bid with the trucks being provided by using Rosenbauer America,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This guarantee is not in keeping with the fiscal rules of the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Mr Harrow brings to the leadership of the ODPEM over 23 years of service in the public sector, including over 18 in various strategic, logistical and other organisational leadership capacities in the Electoral Office of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Richard Thompson ) : “I am confident that his skills and experience will serve the agency and the country well. He assumes office at a particularly busy time, as the ODPEM discharges its responsibilities in the midst of the current, intense weather systems. I also wish to place on record my appreciation to the acting director general of the agency, Mr Richard Thompson, who will now revert to his substantive role as deputy director general,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “As Jamaica’s disaster management agency, the ODPEM has been a critical part of the process of protecting the people of Jamaica for over 40 years, and will continue to be an essential institution as we work to manage and recover from the effects of COVID-19, as well as climatic events,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie insisted : “The Government is on top of our infirmaries, despite the slips that occurred at the Vineyard Town facility...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “With the testing of all 637 staff and residents at The Golden Age Home having been completed, I am thankful that the vast majority, 533, have tested negative. The remaining 22 staff and 82 residents who tested positive are being carefully managed, and I am optimistic that they will experience full recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The devastation that is taking place is not something that we will be able to pull back from as quickly as we did in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A lot of the areas, the housing stock, cannot remain at the same level. It's just not possible because a large portion of where these house are, has been compromised. So the job for us now is to seek temporary shelter for those persons who are in need of shelter and then once we have gotten over that, there has to be a look at the overall state of the area as it relates to the conditions that the residents are living under,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 25, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “So it is clear that the protocols that we put in since March of this year have worked, but there is some slippage at Vineyard Town, and we are very concerned about it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “He did well in his tenure as Mayor of Montego Bay. There are significant changes that have been made under his leadership and I am sure than in the areas of responsibilities that he has been assigned, he will do well. I know he has the potential to do well and I am looking forward for us to make Local Government greater than what we have been doing since 2016,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This new initiative will not replace the police. It is intended to complement the efforts of the constabulary, which is already heavily involved in this new COVID-19 dimension of policing, as well as performing its normal duties,” “The Government is determined to do everything possible to manage the pandemic in a way that ensures that the new normal has a space for everyone to thrive. This is exactly why we need full compliance with all protocols, so that public health and economic recovery can co-exist, to the benefit of our citizens” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “There are other entities under our microscope and the same treatment will be meted out to them. We have further learnt that there are nightclubs operating under the guise of restaurants and lounges where the prescribed guidelines are being flouted. The names of these entities have been forwarded to the Jamaica Constabulary Force for further investigations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We met [last] Sunday and the candidates were fully briefed as to what the protocols must be and they have all committed themselves to doing that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Despite the short period of time, the party considers it important that every constituency gets a taste of this new way of campaigning that the JLP will bring to the table,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “On July 15, I announced the easing of restrictions to allow the gradual return of entertainment events, effective July 21. It was made very clear that all the public health protocols, among other rules, had to be followed so that this breathing space could be expanded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “In many instances, events are being held without any permit even being sought from the local authorities. In other cases where permits were issued, the terms and conditions were blatantly disregarded by the promoters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “In other words … this window of opportunity, this breathing space for the entertainment sector, will only remain open to those promoters, hosts and patrons who obey the rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “All promotions for events must include COVID-19 protocols, referring specifically to wearing of masks, sanitisation and physical distancing. The promoters and patrons must observe government orders regarding closure before curfew times, sanitisation protocols, physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals, mandatory wearing of masks and temperature checks, especially on entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Any promoter, venue, sound system owner or operator who fails to comply with these protocols is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $1 million and/or 12 months' imprisonment under the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So apart from giving the name of the event and the date and the location, we have agreed that that information must be on the flyer so that the public knows that you must come prepared to get sanitised, wear your mask,” “There shall be audible public announcements every 15 minutes during the event, reminding patrons to wear masks when not drinking or eating and to observe physical-distancing protocols” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I asked him, 'What is it that we can do for you?' Because you have made local government month very attractive because of your participation. He turned to me and he said he wanted a house for his mother,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are saying to young people, this is an opportunity to start life. It is a small job, but at least it gives you responsibility and I am quite sure that many of our young people will take it, step up to the plate and demonstrate their abilities,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Because of COVID-19, we are not able to have an expansive Youth Summer Employment Programme like we did for the last few years, where for two months we employed these young people,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “This is an immediate need. It is time now that something is done to the market,” External link

jis Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a popular market in this part of the island. It is a market with tradition and that has a registered population of over 700 vendors between the ground provision and the haberdashery market. I am really not satisfied with what I have seen, and there is no excuse for the condition that the vendors are operating under,” “We are about getting things done…. and I have made a decision, which the technical team in the Ministry will now fine-tune with all the necessary documentation, so that the work can commence as quickly as possible,” External link

jis Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is an immediate need. It is time now that something is done to the market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am condemning this in the strongest terms. There is no justifiable reason for the SDC's logo to be on any vehicle or at any location at which political activity is taking place. I have ordered a thorough investigation into this matter, and the permanent secretary in the ministry will be providing me with a report by midday tomorrow [Monday, August 3],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I am also using this opportunity to advise and remind the staff of the SDC that they are not to engage in any form of political activity. I also call on them to be careful about the use of all branded material, and to protect, at all times, the credibility of the agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a very popular market. Over 700 vendors operate here, and that gives a clear idea of the customer volume that passes through in order to create a profitable and sustainable living for them. The conditions are unacceptable, and so works are going to be quickly done to create a proper, functional market. The technical team will finalise the design and related aspects for the improvement works and $7 million will be made available immediately for the most urgent repairs. The remaining funds will facilitate other infrastructure needs once the normal approval procedures are completed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am also very concerned about the continued misuse of our beaches and rivers. The surveys have revealed that they are being overcrowded, in clear breach of the social-distancing protocols. Little Dunn’s River, Spanish River, and Little Ochie are just a few of the venues at which the overcrowding is occurring,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am also very concerned about the continued misuse of our beaches and rivers. The surveys have revealed that they are being overcrowded, in clear breach of the social-distancing protocols. Little Dunn’s River, Spanish River and Little Ochi are just a few of the venues at which the overcrowding is occurring. Additionally, parties and other events are being held at various beaches and rivers in clear violation of the stipulations that govern their reopening. Parties and tournaments are banned at beaches and rivers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “These are people who have found themselves in really hard positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “Those 10 areas will be announced shortly, but I want to assure the people in St Elizabeth, especially in the Balaclava area of the parish, that we have heard the cries and we are going to be responding in Balaclava and the Brompton areas. They will benefit from at least two more water shops in those areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This measure is in keeping with the Government’s COVID-19 protocols as well as the parochial market laws which speaks to public markets and their closure on public holidays. I am therefore imploring our vendors and shoppers to adhere to the guidelines for their own safety and the welfare of others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “I also want to use this opportunity to remind us that the daily curfew, which begins at 11:00 p.m until 5:00 a.m the following day, will remain in place until September 30. Remember to observe social distancing, wear your masks and sanitise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie pointed out : “We put a new feature in it now, we added a water tank so if there’s no water, you have a tank to catch water,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “He advised me that the park is now officially open to the public, including all the requirements that have been stipulated under the order by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Again, we are saying to persons that these protocols are still in place and we are asking for persons to observe [them], because if the Government is forced to, then we will have to put tighter restrictions [in place for] funerals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Again, we are saying to persons that these protocols are still in place and we are asking for persons to observe [them], because if the government is forced to, then we will have to put tighter restrictions [in place for] funerals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The JPS is expected to install 18,000 [additional] new LED street lights between now and December. The remaining [19,133] will be done before the end of this financial year [in March 2021],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “We cannot have two standards and we are enforcing right across the country, and the operator of Reggae Mill is no different from any other Jamaican [business]. I would urge the management to cease and desist immediately or face the consequences of [flouting] the Disaster Risk Management Order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 25, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "This is an achievement that we all should be proud of," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 24, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We have heard the calls from the citizens to do better and to do more. We are ready to put on our jogging shoes; we are fit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are about 200 homeless people in Linstead alone, which is literally begging for a drop-in centre, which we will be doing very soon,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I have invited the board of supervision and management of the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home to meet with me tomorrow [today] to look and to listen about what took place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not here to abuse and to turn out and to disadvantage anyone who relies on the State for assistance. And once I am fully abreast of the circumstances then we will take the necessary steps that are required to ensure that at the end of the day we are doing the right thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie claimed ( about Andrew Holness ) : “This Administration of Andrew Holness has provided more funds for the destitute of this country more than any other Administration has done since 1944,” “The records are there to prove it. And we are committed to change as best as possible as we can the conditions of these people. We have built these facilities [drop-in centres] because there is a set of Jamaicans that have been forgotten. There are more than 2,000 Jamaicans who are living on the streets of this country, in sub-human conditions. The largest population of street people live in my constituency on the streets of downtown Kingston” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about St Ann ) : “St Ann has benefited from a facility like this, Hanover, St Mary, St Elizabeth, and I am now here in Falmouth. One in St Thomas is almost completed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The events to which I refer include small outdoor concerts, parties, round-robins, launches, religious celebrations, and festivals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a joined-up Government approach which will feature the employment of over 1,000 young people to ensure the effectiveness of the exercise. Some 350 will come from the ministry's Youth Summer Employment Programme, and over 800 are being trained by the Ministry of Health and Wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I took a conscious decision that if we are going to provide for these people who have served their country, we should provide the best possible solution, so that they can be comfortable living out the last days of their lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to appeal to Jamaicans to let us consider our brothers and sisters. We can't be selfish in this pursuit. While I understand that there are many livelihoods that are affected by their actions, it is not just the livelihood that is important; it is the lives that are important. Please understand and let us work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Entertainment, as it stands, is still on the banned list of activities that are [not] to take place across the country. I have advised the commissioner of police of these occasions and I have spoken with the Mayor of Portmore and have asked for his intervention in this matter,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The operations of Devon House will be closely monitored to see to it that the management of the entity takes all necessary steps to ensure that there are no further breaches of the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 7, 2020 2:54:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about On Thursday ) : “On Thursday we met with the entertainment sector here at the ministry to look at how we will deal with the possible reopening of the entertainment sector. We discussed at length what are the options that are available and we will continue these discussions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The evidence of this breach is clear. It is a total violation of the rules and the police have been duly advised. This is a breach of the ban on gatherings at places of amusement as well as a breach of the nightly curfew hours. Even more disturbing is the fact that this event was promoted, and has been attended by large numbers of people every Friday for a protracted period. Quite frankly, this does not look good. I am surprised that the management of Devon House is permitting this event to happen and I am insisting on a formal explanation within 48 hours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 5, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I also want to thank the concerned citizens who brought this to my attention and I want to encourage all our civic-minded Jamaicans to continue to report and reveal all violations they witness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 5, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The councillors also strongly expressed the importance of ensuring that the municipal corporation adheres to modern principles and standards of good governance, that are foundation stones of the Local Governance Act,” “It is important to note that the councillors did not in any way accuse the mayor of impropriety, but strongly felt that the present atmosphere took attention away from the regulatory and development agenda that the municipal corporation should be focused on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about St Ann ) : “The JLP councillors requested a meeting with me, and the recent controversies surrounding the St Ann Municipal Corporation, and specifically the issues involving the chairman were fully discussed at length. This meeting was attended by all 11 JLP councillors including the mayor, and the unanimous conclusion was that it was in the best interest of the municipal corporation to have the mayor step aside while the matters ventilated in the public domain are investigated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The unanimous conclusion was that it was in the best interest of the Municipal Corporation, to have the mayor step aside while the matters ventilated in the public domain are investigated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “In my statement to this House last week, I spoke about the alarming rate of non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols at our beaches and rivers. In appealing for improved levels of personal responsibility, I stated that the Social Development Commission would observe and measure whether our beach and river-goers obeyed the reopening rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “There has to be a certain level of responsibility that is brought to the table by Jamaicans. We understand the importance of going to the beach and to rivers to exercise and to have some level of freedom, but we must do this in a controlled fashion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I had the opportunity to observe and to interact with him, first as a councillor in the then Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and later as mayor. He was a serious force to be reckoned with, and he commanded the unwavering loyalty and respect of the vendors. While he was quick to challenge what he saw as mistakes by local and central government in dealing with the vendors, he was not defiant of public order. He supported many of the KSAMC’s initiatives to ensure harmony between business activity and good order and was not afraid to chastise conduct that was unruly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “so there is a legacy that can be named in honour of Milton Brown for the services that he offered in the field of local government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There will be increased monitoring and reporting of activities at all beaches and rivers starting this weekend. At the same time, I am urging the operators of the beaches and rivers to strictly enforce the protocols. I am also once again urging citizens to be responsible, to do the right thing and fully observe the protocols,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So, we are looking to make some recommendations along those lines as to where we intend to go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is a disgusting and disrespectful act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I also want to use this opportunity to call for all mayors to ensure that the Municipal Police within their jurisdictions are clearly reminded about the purposes for which they exist, and about the proper use of the powers that they have. They have been trained to promote and maintain law and order in service to the people of their jurisdictions. This incident totally derogates from that ideal, and it must never, ever happen again,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Whatever negative people might have about West Kingston and the people of Tivoli Gardens in particular, the majority of people here are law-abiding, decent people,” “I would not deny that there are some among the residents who would do anything against the law and have been doing that, but the majority obey the law” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Normally we would be focusing our attention squarely at this time on the Atlantic hurricane season, but unfortunately, since early this year we have been turning our attention to the dreaded disease, the coronavirus virus which has been wreaking havoc across the world. There is no playbook as to how we respond... therefore we have to rely on the experts and on credible information, as a people, to respond to the crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “Let me say without doubt, the prime minister, when he officially convened the National Disaster Risk Management Council, indicated to the public that all systems are up and running. The ODPEM is well equipped... as the minister with responsibility I want to assure the country that all the resources that will be required to ensure that we can respond in a positive and meaningful way will be provided by the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Because of the work we have been doing over the years we have been able to minimise, in some areas, the effects of previous disasters. We might not have been able to deal effectively with all the areas but we will ensure that is done. I want to appeal to Jamaicans to ensure that we work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “It would be remiss of me not to mention that there have been negative comments that have been made about the work of ODPEM by persons who are misinformed and are not cognisant of the role of the ODPEM. I want to assure the country that we are in safe hands in regards to the management of disasters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly... [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly… [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaica-star Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly… [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jis Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly... [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 11:38:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Since becoming Councillor for the Mineral Heights Division in 1998, Milton Brown endeared himself to his constituents, and provided them with a special brand of leadership. His 22 years of dedicated service to the people of Clarendon has come to an end today. He was always a fighter, a driven individual, and he rallied against ill-health in the last few months. Even as I express condolences to his immediately family, friends and the wider family in the Mineral Heights Division and the Jamaica Labour Party, I give thanks for his years of devoted, outstanding service to the party, to local government and to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Of the survey that we did across the country, 80 per cent of our bar operators are operating without a food handler’s permit, which is part of the required Ministry of Health and Wellness regulations. Another frightening number that we have found, based on the survey, is that close to 85 per cent of bars are operating without a spirit licence,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “This is an opportunity that will be afforded to the operators to regularise their situation. We have been working with the Ministry of Justice. We are in possession of application forms, which will be circulated to those persons when we are doing the inspections on a daily basis. These forms must be filled out, meeting the criteria that are there. The Ministry of Justice will assist to ensure that the protocols are observed, so that the proper licensing regime can be extended to the operators of bars,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie asked : “Here is a man who moulds and shapes the political destiny of this country. How can we question or even contemplate whether or not a road should be named in honour of this outstanding Jamaican?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The social and physical distancing must be maintained. There shall be no events that promote social gathering, such as parties and round-robin events,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “We are going to ask operators to comply. Failure to make the system work will probably prevent us extending the period of operations for these bars,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am grappling with mixed emotions… I am really heartbroken about these killings, and at the same time I am outraged at just the utter wickedness and bloodthirsty mentality that can cause anyone to wipe two innocent children from the face of the earth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “I want them to understand that giving information is the best weapon against these evildoers who have deprived Jamaica of two children the future of the country. Let me go further… if you have information, and you are afraid to share it with the police, get in touch with me. I will use every resource I have to help to bring these criminals to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We continue to see too many brutal acts being played out against our children in the society, and despite the constant message being sent out to the general public, there still seems to be this level of hostility against our young people, and we are hoping that we will continue to see a decline in the rate of homicide and abuse of children,” “We can only continue to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those who have died under violent and tragic circumstances and appeal to the wider Jamaica to ensure that we love, cherish and respect our children” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 4, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The decision to postpone the seventh Regional Platform was taken in light of the global pandemic [COVID-19]. The health and safety of not just the Jamaican people but the delegates that would be attending from the wider region had to be taken into consideration. We regret having to postpone the event, but when hazards such as this present themselves, it cannot be business as usual. Our focus is now on controlling the virus to reduce its spread,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 1, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are very proud of the work we have already done for this platform and we are looking at possible dates to move it to. Once we have jointly settled on a date, that announcement will be made. We are taking this time to ensure that when we do stage the event, it will be the best one yet,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 1, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The cleaning today is just one of the features. Each institution will employ temporary workers for two months. Their job is to do additional cleaning of the facilities every day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The Corporate Area poses the greatest challenge in all of this because we actually don’t have a facility, outside of Marie Atkins, which is already bursting at the seams, so we will have to find ways in the Corporate Area to feed this large constituent of homeless people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The ban that was placed on the visits to infirmaries has now been moved from 14 days to 30 days, and the ban on new admissions is now 60 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now moving to establish isolation areas which are fully advanced and to make available at the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home and the Clarendon infirmaries some 30-odd rooms to facilitate social cases from public hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed : “I have asked the NSWMA to work out a programme to see how best we can possibly deal with the issue surrounding Doctors Road landfill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 6, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed : “I have asked the NSWMA to work out a programme to see how best we can possibly deal with the issue surrounding Doctors Road landfill,” External link

jis Friday, March 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is the intention of this administration to ensure that those of you who are at the lower level of the salary scale be brought up in a more meaningful way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 1, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It’s the intention of this administration to ensure that those of you at the lower level of the salary ceiling will be brought up in a more meaningful way. You are doing something that many Jamaicans would not do, and if the country is ‘dutty,’ you can’t attract tourists to come here,” “Don’t let anybody fool you. They can’t do without you. You are important to Jamaica’s development, and if Jamaica must grow as a country, we have to grow as a clean country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “This Administration has taken a serious look at markets…we have done work on the Linstead Market. Jointly with the Port Authority of Jamaica, we built a brand new market in the town of Falmouth. When you go up further in the northern part of Trelawny, I opened a brand new transportation and refurbished market in Clarke's Town,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 24, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I know and fully appreciate that the mayor is passionate about, and dedicated to, the development of the parish of Hanover. Whatever his view about the accuracy of media stories or the motives of the media, his statement of hatred for some media practitioners, and in particular, his doing so in an official meeting of the municipal corporation, which he chairs, is completely unacceptable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Poor Relief Department in each parish was charged to identify among the 15,000 registered poor who are in need of habitable housing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The building of these fully furnished studios has given new meaning to poor relief. By the end of this financial year, 35 such studios will be completed. The Government will show the importance of how those among us who are poor and destitute are treated. A housing assistance grant will be granted to each councillor so that they can give meaningful help to those in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I have always been displeased in how paupers are buried. This little box, which just barely covers the body, and grave which allows dogs to scratch it out, must stop. Going forward, the poor-relief system in each parish will be allocated $1 million to bury paupers. Some dignity must be added to those who are in our care when they die. A funeral grant will also be given to councillors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are also into helping to educate some from the poor and destitute who qualify. Taxpayers’ money has funded an education grant to the poor. Presently, there is a student at a university from my constituency who is being funded from this grant as he seeks to become a lawyer. He is doing well and meeting the conditions which will make him eligible to continue being funded,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The day will go down in history as perhaps one of the most traumatic in this country's history. We have taken too many things for granted in this country and Tuesday [January 28] was definitely an eye-opener,” “This is the worst earthquake we have had since 1993, and we cannot measure the psychological damage that has been created on the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We have taken a decision that the time has come, it should have happened before, but we now have to take the message about the dangers of earthquake right across the country. We are going into the parish of St Elizabeth on the 13th (February) in Black River for another such town hall meeting and then we are going to Lucea in Hanover the following week, the 19th. We are going to be going across the entire length and breadth of Jamaica, into the town centres, into communities such as this (Stettin), into the schools, to talk to Jamaicans,” “This Government decided that earthquake is not just in the month of January we talk about it. We started weeks ago, we had a town hall meeting in Trelawny where we spoke about disaster, we spoke about earthquake, we had one in Portland” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 3, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Despite the challenges we have as a country, our buildings stood up and resisted a 7.7 — that is nothing to gloat about but it is important. And so we must continue to be vigilant, we must continue to do what is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 3, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I need to see my son. I need to speak with him. I need to know that he is okay. I didn’t know it would have been so difficult for me to even speak with my son, and I’ve tried so many mediums,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It’s like actually a part of me is missing. A very huge chunk of my life gone, you know. It has affected me a whole lot,” “I’ve been to the doctor, I’m not sleeping, I’m restless, and to make matters worse, when she first told him that she was not coming back to Jamaica ... he called me on WhatsApp and he was saying ‘Daddy, you know Mommy said she not taking me back? I don’t know what she talking about. Are you coming to get me?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “We need a healthy and a clean society, we need a country that is free from all the various kinds of problems that we see the world is experiencing today, but we have a problem here in Jamaica that we want to better once and for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are spending some good money in Portland. We are spending over $40 million to build a brand new male ward at the infirmary in Port Antonio. There are roads that we are committed to fixing. We will continue to improve the infrastructure for those who are in need. I want this unit to be completed in two months, and this unit and the other will cost $4.6 million. The units will be equipped with a bed, stove and other amenities as we are giving them a start,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Mr Gibson ) : “I was told that Mr Gibson served in the Jamaica Defence Force, so Mr Gibson in his younger days gave tremendous service to this country in the field of security. He is 79 and has not been rewarded or lived in a way that is affordable to someone who has served their country in the military. There are many Jamaicans, hundreds of Jamaicans, who are in a similar or worse situation than Mr Gibson. We are going to be building for the Gibson's a 300 square feet studio unit. This unit is going to come with the following features: bathroom and toilet all in one, kitchen, dining room, a bedroom and a 1000-gallon water tank,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Your obligation is to provide burial for persons who so desire to be buried,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “But it is because of the disregard for law and order why we have to go back and do it all over again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country, has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now prepared to take the message of earthquake to the 14 parishes of Jamaica. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is tasked to prepare this programme, so that we can start the conversations in our schools, in businesses across the country, in our churches, in our communities, and focus on the things that we need to do,” “We are taking a number of steps to start to engage stakeholders in the country on this issue of disaster, as it relates to earthquakes. We’re establishing a National Earthquake Readiness Committee, and this committee is to be linked to the National Disaster Council and work along with the National Building Advisory Council” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jis Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are making a difference; we will continue to improve the infrastructure for those who are in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is just a drop in the bucket when you consider the needs that are there. But all it takes is one step at a time, one step at a time. I know the demands out there are great,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are providing six scholarships for a total of $8 million that will see persons trained in technical competencies and skills required in the ministry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are providing six scholarships for a total of $8 million that will see persons being trained in technical competencies and skills required in the ministry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am not saying we are where we want to be, but we are in a much much better position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 20, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The lights are installed for your benefit, to protect you, and in some places, persons are removing the lights. What they do is drive [into the communities] in trucks, and when they are questioned, they say the street light is not working, so they have to fix it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is important that we protect your investment. When the lights go out, there are numbers that you can call, or report it to your councillors and your pastors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I know there are still challenges with the JPS but I can tell you that over the last two years, we have seen significant improvement in the work of the JPS as it relates to the repairs and installation of new street lights,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Shortly from now entities operating without licences and permits, we will be publishing their names in the papers so the public will be advised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “For the first time, a conference of this nature will be held outside of the Americas. Jamaica is the smallest country to ever be the host,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “A new feature of the conference will be the involvement of young people. They will have a whole day to express themselves to the delegates on what disaster means to them. They will also be singing a song to be titled Disaster is Our Business’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Our education drive will be taken to the smallest of children,” “They must know how to recognise disasters and how to respond when faced with it. It must be impressed on them that disaster can cripple the tourism industry, which is a major foreign exchange earner” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Let’s use this Christmas to begin to fight against this cancer called crime and violence that’s destroying the lives of many Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “Despite the attempt by the authorities, in some cases people drive them out of their yards and draw machetes on them. I want to give a warning that the Government is going to respond in a positive way to persons who obstruct workers who are executing their responsibility to rid this country of the dengue epidemic that is taking over the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “The Government, over the last three years, has strengthened our programme to assist the less fortunate across the country. We are spending more money on our infirmaries, we are spending more money on our poor, we are ensuring that those persons who require the help of the State are not deprived of benefits whenever they are required,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “Is not just the party people dem alone make noise, the people dem inna the church make noise, too. So it is not only party people that we talking about, we talking about everybody that makes noise to disturb their neighbours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “What we are saying is that the amendment to the Noise Abatement [Act], and to the hours, is just to facilitate persons through the holiday. It is not a licence to use it to disturb your neighbours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are having a press briefing on Tuesday in Kingston and we are going to be speaking more from the perspective of the local authority, as to how we intend to ensure that we get a level of compliance because promoters and persons who keep these sessions, who continue to violate the right to hold these sessions, should not be given permits by the local authority to hold these events,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Finance has granted us permission to put in for the first time in our infirmaries 16 dieticians and physiotherapists. And, so when we roll out this new dispensation, it will be done to service all our locations across the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 8, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The junior mayors, in their discussions with me, indicated that they feel that the diet in the infirmaries is not right and they need a dietician. I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Finance has granted us permission to put in, for the first time in our infirmaries, 16 dieticians overall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What you’re getting as salary is not adequate, and that is why at times we can’t retain some of the qualified and skilled professionals, like the registered nurses, that you need in the system. The discussions on improvement in salaries are well advanced, and we’re now well out of the blocks in terms of discussions as it relates to bringing up registered nurses to the same level as those who work in our public hospitals across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We’re doing what we knew should have been done to improve the conditions in our infirmaries. We’re not just talking about loving the poor because you can’t love without money and you can’t love on hungry bellies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We intend to increase the allowance for the Junior Mayors Programme to $750,000, because the legacy of these projects [will] speak for themselves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “In discussions we had in Portland, in a meeting with councillors and members of parliament, the JPS indicated to me that people are stealing a number of new street lights. One of the ways they go about stealing the lights is that the truck will drive up and they climb the posts, and they say the light is not working, so they’re taking down the lights to have them wired,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The JPS has so far installed 10,200 brand new streetlights, which is 85 per cent installation. They’ve also repaired 1,200 streetlights, and they are on target to complete the parish of St James, hopefully, before the end of the calendar year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I want to advise Jamaica that they don’t need to take the light off the pole to repair it, so anybody you see doing that, call the police because it is a thief taking the light,” “The Government can’t be in an agreement with JPS to put up new lights, and then the people who are to benefit turn around and steal the lights. To replace them comes at a cost, and I’m urging the people in St James to support the lights because it’s your tax dollars that are paying for them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have to become appreciative of our circumstances in disasters. We are in the top tier of disaster-risk countries in this region, and Jamaica is the most strategic point in the Caribbean, and for those of you who don’t understand how serious this issue is, 85 per cent of our country’s resources and power are vested in coastal areas,” “The Bank of Jamaica sits on the edge of the Kingston waterfront, plus the House of Parliament, the Supreme Court, our oil refinery, our two major hospitals, our airports, and every major institution that wields power is coastal. If we get the kind of disaster that The Bahamas got a couple of weeks ago, you know what that means to the survival of this country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We have a propensity to believe that you should not adhere to the rules. While there’s not enough in terms of what needs to happen, we’re still getting a lot of indiscipline that’s coming from our residents,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I suggested to the United Nations when they were here a couple weeks ago, that our young people in Jamaica, through the various interactions, have shown a deep interest in disaster resilience. Normally, when you go to these conferences you have a one person come up and that one person will represent young people, as they put it, and that one person will make a contribution. But I have suggested to them that I am not in the one-person situation, and I have put to the United Nations, through UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), and they have now accepted that on the 7th of July, here in Montego Bay, we will be hosting a youth forum on disaster risk reduction. Only young people will be participating in that conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted ( about Disaster Risk Reduction ) : “Jamaica has been fortunate to have been nominated to host the seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are already in the planning stages of it (conference) and we want it to be a success. Your participation here and in the general discussions that have taken place at the level of our young people, I believe that we will be successful in this conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “One thing I can say to them: badmind is not a good thing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “We just opened a swing bridge. We are spending some $45 million at the [Portland] Infirmary and we are doing a number of roads across this section of Portland. The Councillors have made the necessary representations and we have listened to the people and we are now responding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are going to be allocating out of a special source of funding that has come to the ministry through the consolidated fund a sum of $30 million to undertake repairs on that road at Tom's Hope. It is important that we ensure in whatever way we can to provide these services for the citizens of our country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 11, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We want to give a different look, a different feel to how we treat these people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Today, I am here to declare this swing bridge officially open. The actual work of the construction started in 2018. And not only was the construction of the bridge completed on time and within budget, but the work also provided opportunities for many people in the community, who gained employment during the period of the construction. This is a part of the Government’s promise to build and improve infrastructure across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie concluded : “I am giving the assurance to the community that we will endeavour to at least make driving a little bit easier than it presently is on the road. I am happy that I am here to join in, not the opening, but it is a celebration. Through the Ministry of Local Government, we will do everything that is humanly possible to ensure that the conditions that you live in, you are able to access your living conditions in an easy way. I want to urge residents to take care of the bridge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This bridge falls under the direct control of the Portland Municipal Corporation. It is a part of the Government’s thrust, using local government to improve lives in the various communities across the country. Driving here, the condition of the road leaves a lot to be desired,,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A commitment that we gave to the country is that we would bring Local Government to the level, where the trust and respect that is required in order to drive the service, that we restore it,” “I want us to raise the bar much higher than we have set it, because the success of local government is predicated on all of us, regardless of who we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are expecting that all councillors will register for the conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The conference will showcase Jamaica as one of the leaders of disaster (preparedness in the region), given that this region (Caribbean) is in the top-three most vulnerable [for disasters] in the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are over 25,000 kilometres of road network in the country that fall under the control of local government, and we will never have enough funds to deal with [all] of them. We are reviewing the road network, because some of the roads that are listed no longer exist,” “Once we have done that, we will be in a much better position to look at the real needs of our roads,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am disappointed that elected representatives, members of staff and the public who come here are exposed to these conditions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am disappointed and upset about Westmoreland,” “The building started in 2010 and the building is still in limbo. The choice of the contractor was wrong” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “Two more will be constructed and I hope that at least we can complete one more before the end of the calendar year. We are going down [to] Myersville and then we are going down to Tryall in Junction with the other one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Edward Seaga ) : “Edward Seaga was no ordinary man; he was a caring, loving, honest and decent man, someone whom we considered to be the best thing that happened to many of us in West Kingston,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I really must express my own sympathies to the teacher and to her family, and wish her a swift and complete physical and emotional recovery. She was simply going about her business when this traumatic and frightening incident occurred,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make a special appeal to the owners and carers of dogs to exercise a high degree of responsibility in managing them. I am calling for them to be properly managed at all times, so that an incident such as this does not recur,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no quick fix to the problems we face on our landfills across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We’re looking to relocate at least two landfills, but it’s going to take a lot of money, and divestment doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So, you can’t give one man $3 million, one man $4 million and one man $5 million. This $25 million is to be used in a way that when you go to where the work was undertaken, you see some sidewalks, drains and a proper road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Commission ) : “The fire brigade is here and the National Water Commission is here and a part of this new dispensation is the installation of three new fire hydrants at separate points across the landfill to assist in case there is a fire,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not only putting in the systems, the response team will have an all terrain vehicle. They will have a closed user group (CUG) telephone system… to ensure that you are in a position to report what is taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie announced ( about Disaster Risk Reduction ) : “I have tasked the custos and the mayor to work jointly, mobilising the business community and the leadership in the parish to participate with the neighbouring municipality in St James when Jamaica hosts, next year in July, the seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Following discussions, the custos and the mayor agreed that the interest of the parish takes precedence over everything. The custos has joined us here this [Thursday]morning, not just as a PR [public relations] [move] but as a show of good faith to rise above any petty foolishness that was blown out of proportion by those who want to create disunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This vision has finally become a reality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Once the facility is completed, it will solve the problems of not having an adequate fire service here in Montego Bay – not only in Montego Bay but in the western part of the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no denying that over the years, the brigade lacked the kind of support to give it what is needed. Since this administration came into being in 2016, we have spent close to $800 million on improving the Jamaica Fire Brigade, not just in terms of building out facilities but providing vital equipment to the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “there is no quick fix to the problems that we face at our landfills” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “Let's say that divestment does not happen overnight just like that, it takes time. And as a Government we want to be clear that whatever decision we make on the divestment is one that will be of benefit to the people of Jamaica. So those who are saying why is it taking so long...we know it is taking long but we want to be very, very careful in what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We not saying that what we are doing will answer all the concerns but at least it is going to put the organisation in a much better position to respond,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “For years this disposal site has been a bone of contention in St James and in the neighbouring parishes...the smoke nuisance and all the unnecessary things associated with fire. Some of them were set deliberately and some, based on the location, would happen naturally. The cry of the residents has been loud, the criticism of the Government hurts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “It is very unfortunate that these moments of embarrassment were played out between April and August of this year. Before today’s meeting, I spoke with both men, who agreed to a new start,” “Both men have agreed to leave the past behind them and work together in the interest of the parish. There is room for both men, who have important roles to play in the parish, to exist. There is no cross borders between them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Hurricane Matthew ) : “I remember when we did what we did during (Hurricane) Matthew we were severely criticised for being over excessive. We can't criticise a Government for being proactive when it comes on to disaster. It is better that you do it than don't do it none at all. And we are not going to wait to see if it is going to happen. I am therefore putting all the municipalities on notice to activate their disaster response mechanisms to ensure that we have all the things that are necessary to be in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Put them on a list of priority so that we can identify them if the time comes for them to be relocated,” “We have to look at what happened in The Bahamas and tek sleep and mark death,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Commission ) : “The Social Development Commission will become involved in this programme because they have a network that is critical to supplement the work of the municipal corporation to go into these communities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “After consultations with the Prime Minister [Andrew Holness] and the chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force [Lieutenant General Rocky Meade] we have sent two specialists from the National Environment and Planning Agency. They are marine biologists Gabrielle-Jae Watson and Donavan Sankey. Manager of Safety, Environment and Quality at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Leon Jarrett is also part of the team to The Bahamas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 5, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are seeing bush fires in many parishes now. It is going to be critical that the public education about bush fires be upgraded so we can send this message right across the island, because the entire country is suffering from the changes in our environment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 1, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Because of the demand on the programme and the fact that hundreds of young people have shown an interest…we are looking at close to 4,000 young people for this year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have been getting complaints about the behaviour of some of the young people in the programme. Let me make it quite clear, abundantly clear, this is not a political programme. I don’t care which mayor or which councillor recommend you for the job,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “I don’t want you to develop this attitude as if to say, ‘Well, I don’t have to do anything for the money’. It’s not going to work that way. If you don’t work, you will not be paid, and I urge you not to allow this group to be the group that give the programme bad marks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Edward Seaga was not only a public figure, he was the kind of man we were longing for in our lives in Western Kingston,” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie recalled : “We had many unforgettable experiences with him. The first time that many of us had milkshake and hamburger came from one of the many trips that ‘Papa Eddie’ took us on to Monty’s on Old Hope Road,” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Edward Seaga was not only a public figure, he was the kind of man we were longing for in our lives in Western Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 24, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie recalled : “We had many unforgettable experiences with him. The first time that many of us had milkshake and hamburger came from one of the many trips that 'Papa Eddie' took us on to Monty's on Old Hope Road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 24, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica," External link

startribune Monday, June 24, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

ChinaPost Monday, June 24, 2019 5:53:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica," External link

ABCnews Monday, June 24, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

seattletimes Monday, June 24, 2019 2:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, June 24, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “believed in all of us, who respected our views, who accepted us for who we are” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared ( about Edward Seaga ) : “In life and in death, Edward Seaga belong to us, and we belong to him,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people of west Kingston believe that Edward Seaga fits the bill, based on his performance in this country, to be considered Jamaica’s eighth national hero,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I urge you to celebrate his life and let us put him to rest (while) paying him the honour and the respect that he so richly deserves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 7, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Kingston Western ) : “I want west Kingston to remember him when he was walking and living among the poor here. I don't want anybody to follow any fool-fool argument about our beloved leader. We have to respect his wishes and the wishes of his family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 7, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Finally, the people in western Jamaica will have a brand new fire station,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “As Jamaicans we need to change our attitudes and our behaviour because this is something that is costing us dearly as a country, and we can ill-afford to be spending money constantly, simply because as citizens we are just less than conscious of our responsibility to keep our environment clean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Economic Growth Council has identified the development approvals process as one of local government's critical contributions to the growth agenda. Through the Building Act, the local authorities are managing a modern legislative instrument that will change the face of Jamaica while generating own-source revenue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 31, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “This is not a period of mourning, this is a period of celebration, acknowledging and giving thanks for his (Seaga) life and for all that he has done for us here in west Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “This year, the education grant for each division will be increased to $500,000. Additionally, the allocation for administrative assistance will be increased from $25,000 to $30, 000,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed ( about St Ann ) : “We also started constructing modern, concrete houses for indigent persons living outside of the infirmary system. We started in Clarendon with the aim of building 28 such houses for 2018/19. Eleven of the houses were completed, or are in various stages of completion in St Ann, St Thomas, Trelawny and St Andrew. This includes two that were built in Lime Hall and in Beecher Town, St Ann, at a combined cost of $4 million, while another was built in Irish Town in St Andrew at a cost of $2 million. Just last month, I handed over housing units in Hatfield in Manchester,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “It is expected that by 2021, all local authorities will apply the same building fees to the same categories of building applications, islandwide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “The National Solid Waste Management Authority continues to be a positive example of government in action. The agency continues to practice sound corporate governance, with all outstanding audited financial statements and annual reports having been updated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I met President [Ronald] Reagan because of him; I went to the White House because of him. I remember meeting Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Miriam Makeba,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The opportunities that were presented to hundreds, thousands of people like me who probably never had any hope are amazing. I see him as a father many of us never had,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “When he became the MP, as young boys and girls, we never had any vote, but we use to run around … . He used to come and pick us up [and] carry us up to Monty’s on Old Hope Road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no honour that is too high; there is nothing that is humanly possible that cannot be said about your overall contribution to the success of the National Solid Waste Management,” “Everybody has to play their part; it can't be just the organisation and those who work (there),” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 20, 2019 8:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is not what we want, but this is what we can do for now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “For the next year, the water will be provided free of cost. We will review it then to see how it works; but no resident should be turned away, because there is no fee associated with the water at this time. We will be ensuring that the tanks should never run dry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The purpose of the tablets, especially for the councillors, is to assist them, in their work. [Regarding] the poor relief officers, I made a commitment to them in 2016 in Portland, that if we are going to lift the standard of the poor relief departments, which we are doing, then it means that we must put them in a position to do the work and do it in an effective way,” “Many of the poor relief officers throughout the country operate out of big books and some exercise books with limited resources to do the work, and we took a conscious decision to give them the tools to do the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 29, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “Jamaica needs to respect and recognise these people who come to the centres for the kind of assistance that they need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 29, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We committed last year to build 28 such facilities across the island, two for each parish. We made a commitment that we are going to build houses that will stand the test of time and we are going to use concrete and steel,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The PNP have not come out in Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 5, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am hoping that in the new fiscal year, it will be tabled in Parliament, debated and passed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This plaza contains the current headquarters of our agency, the Jamaica Fire Brigade. I want to assure our firefighters and Fire Brigade staff there, as well as the decent men and women who do business at the various stores within the complex every day that the police are working to capture the person behind this attack, and to create a greater sense of safety at the premises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 22, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie Added : “The truck will pass and spend one hour doing all the cleaning, and five minutes after the truck left [someone would ask the question, 'Did the truck come into this area?'” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have two more that are under construction, one in St Thomas and one in Trelawny, which is almost complete, so this will bring the total number of drop-in centres that we would have started construction on and would have completed since 2016 to eight,” “The eight facilities are catering for some 700 persons right across the country” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is something that I am embarrassed about, and I think it is unfortunate, and I am saying again, without fear of contradiction, when that contractor was chosen, it was the wrong contractor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The contractor, as far as I am concerned, based on what I have seen, didn’t at the time possess the ability, financially and otherwise, to undertake the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What is now being done, they (the WMC) have to write [to the permanent secretary in the ministry] to get the approval to undertake the remaining portion of the work by using a different means, and that is now being done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “It was clear that the contractor, financially and otherwise, did not have the capacity to undertake work of that magnitude,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "While I am hopeful that the police will find whoever is responsible for this evil act, I want to urge the immediate and wider community in St Thomas to give our law enforcement officials all the information you have right away. It is the least that you can do to honour Madge Morris, who, even after her active time as a long-serving councillor, continued to be a stalwart community development advocate and contributed to economic growth as a farmer," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is particularly disheartening that a lady of her age and status in her community could have suffered death in this way. Whatever our political affiliations, we are servants of the people at the local level and we are human beings who have a right to our lives” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 11, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Madge Morris was known and appreciated in and beyond the boundaries of St Thomas. On behalf of the ministry and all the municipal corporations, I wish to express condolences to her family and friends, and the hope that whoever has robbed them of her, will swiftly be brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 11, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Let me underscore the commitment of the ministry in gender mainstreaming by indicating that we have every intention of establishing gender focal points within the 14 municipal corporations islandwide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "It's about doing what we should be doing," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “When it was brought to my attention it touched me in many ways,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 11, 2019 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I want to start my comments this afternoon by first of all extending my own personal congratulations to the new commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, someone with over some 28 years of service to the brigade, and someone who I believe commands the respect and the support of the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told ( about St Ann ) : "I'm proud to announce that in our forecast of the 2019-2020 financial year, instead of putting in requests for two or three trucks, we've put in requests for 10 trucks and two additional fire-boats for the parishes of St Ann and Portland. We're anticipating that by the end of the financial year 2020 going into 2021, the JFB would be in a position where every fire station in the country will have a working fire unit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I believe that the JFB is easily one of the most effective agencies of government, and I want to congratulate the men and women, those who are serving and who have served previously. The administration will do all that is humanly possible to provide the resources to ensure that the men and women of the JFB are able to respond to fires," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about King Street ) : "Many years ago when I sat in the chair at the KSAC as mayor, we came up with an idea to convert the old clinic at the top of King Street into a modern drop-in facility for persons living on the streets of the Corporate Area. We were not able to complete the mission, but tonight, I'm pleased to announce that this year, I'm in a better place to ensure that those wishes are fulfilled," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "There is a part of the puzzle that we oftentimes disregard, and that is the element of those who make us look good," "Without the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our staff, a lot could not, and will never be, accomplished, because by ourselves, we would not be able to succeed" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:14:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "St James has almost 35 per cent of its households in squatting communities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We have given the municipal authority permission to take $10 million from its emergency funds to start working right away. We will be making another $10 million available from the equalisation fund," "We are very happy that there is no recorded loss of life, but there has been extensive damage that has been done to private and public property, and it is the commitment of the Ministry of Local Government to work closely with the St James Municipal Corporation, and I will be back here from Tuesday next week to spend at least two days in the parish doing a detailed assessment and to see how best we can respond to this major crisis" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 24, 2017 9:01:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : "We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate (for), but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems," "When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are going to tackle the road problems. The Government will move to ensure that we pay attention to the concerns right across the country, not just from those who are demonstrating, but (also) there is a genuine need for us to tackle the problems of roads across the country," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : “We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate (for), but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems,” “When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars,” External link

jis Friday, November 10, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have said to all the municipal corporations that it makes no sense you spend scarce dollars now in throwing some marl on the road and rain washes it out, and then two days after, you hear people saying that you gave your political cronies some work and you are wasting taxpayers’ money. It makes no sense,” External link

jis Friday, November 10, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "People complain about street lights not working, but there are many communities where all they do is shoot out and stone out the lights to hide their deeds," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 10, 2017 8:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "You have to become protectors of this massive investment that the Government has made on your behalf," "I am going to ask the councillors to ensure that when you go to your community meetings, you emphasise the importance of having streetlights. The parish is affected by high levels of crime, so it is everybody's business to ensure that they protect the lights when they are installed" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 10, 2017 8:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : “We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate [for], but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems,” “When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 10, 2017 3:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have said to all the municipal corporations that it makes no sense you spend scarce dollars now in throwing some marl on the road and rain washes it out, and then two days after, you hear people saying that you gave your political cronies some work and you are wasting taxpayers' money. It makes no sense,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 10, 2017 3:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "It is the councillors who have to regulate their behaviour and raise the level of discourse in the corporations to the point where all can admire the quality of the exchanges and the decisions that emerge from them," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "If there are issues where councillors say inappropriate things in meetings, those issues cannot be resolved by banning the media," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “If there are issues where Councillors say inappropriate things in meetings, those issues cannot be resolved by banning the media. It is the Councillors who have to regulate their behaviour, and raise the level of discourse in the Corporations to the point where all can admire the quality of the exchanges and the decisions that emerge from them” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 8, 2017 8:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have stressed the importance of community development because it is important that people understand that the Ministry is not just about cleaning drains. It is not just about providing allocation for councillors… but we do have community development as an integral part of the Ministry’s portfolio agenda,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people in tourism here in Falmouth would be pleased to hear that the Ministry will be having a stakeholders meeting, bringing to the table the tourism sector, so that we can understand what are the needs…and the tourism sector will understand what are the needs of Local Government,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Property tax now is no longer one big down payment. You can pay property taxes the same way you put credit on your phone. So you pay what you can afford. Because I don’t know of any government that turns away revenue. But remember if you don’t pay, you can’t complain when your garbage is not collected,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Eighty per cent of the services to the people of this country. are delivered through local government," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Eleven million dollars has been allocated to the SDC for 285 projects, 22 of which are for Trelawny," "This is so because local government regards community development as part of its mandate" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I am appealing to the criminal elements to stop shooting down the lights. When you do that, it costs taxpayers to replace them," "It is through property taxes paid by you that our monthly bill is paid. When we have to replace the lights, it is money that can be used to provide other services" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : "We have arranged that by the end of this year, 35,000 are to be retrofitted with energy-saving smart bulbs. So far, the number has reached 20,000," "The arrangement goes further. In three years, we expect that 105,000 lights will be retrofitted" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have stressed the importance of community development because it is important that people understand that the ministry is not just about cleaning drains. It is not just about providing allocation for councillors… but we do have community development as an integral part of the ministry's portfolio agenda,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people in tourism here in Falmouth would be pleased to hear that the ministry will be having a stakeholders meeting, bringing to the table the tourism sector, so that we can understand what are the needs…and the tourism sector will understand what are the needs of local government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Property tax now is no longer one big down payment. You can pay property taxes the same way you put credit on your phone. So you pay what you can afford. Because I don't know of any government that turns away revenue. But remember if you don't pay, you can't complain when your garbage is not collected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Tonight is a night of celebrations for the people. We are just here to tell you thanks!" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Tonight is a night of celebrations for the people. We are just here to tell you thanks," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “There is a culture of waste of State resources in this country, where some people feel that ‘somebody has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me’. There comes a point in time (when) we have to stop… and that is the decision I have taken,” External link

jis Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:11:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about National Health ) : "We are working very closely with the Ministry of Health, through the National Health Fund, and they are providing the ambulances. All that is asked of us is to provide the personnel for training," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, September 26, 2017 8:19:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not going to wait. We believe it is important as a Government that we become very proactive, and we must learn from the past. We must take a leaf out of the book of our neighbours. They heeded the warnings (to evacuate), and I can only urge us here in Jamaica to ensure that we take the necessary steps to prevent loss of life in case of any disaster,” External link

jis Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not going to wait. We believe it is important as a Government that we become very proactive, and we must learn from the past. We must take a leaf out of the book of our neighbours. They heeded the warnings (to evacuate), and I can only urge us here in Jamaica to ensure that we take the necessary steps to prevent loss of life in case of any disaster,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government is looking at the possibility of sending a delegation to at least have a first-hand look at what has taken place in the region and to offer much closer assistance and contact with our Jamaican nationals in these respective areas,” External link

jis Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:13:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Based on what has taken place so far it is difficult to find almost everybody," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “This is a community with more than 1,000 residents, and one of the major challenges they face is a lack of running water. It is also a farming community, and based on the discussions that I have with the farmers, they are upbeat about this move,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We will be doing two such water shops in this area. The other one will be in Banana Ground in the Bellefield area, where there is also a serious water shortage,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is what your property tax is doing; if you pay property tax, we, in turn, must provide the basic services that the money is intended for,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles," External link

jamaica-star Friday, August 25, 2017 6:25:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles,” External link

jis Friday, August 25, 2017 3:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Your contribution will go a far way in the latest initiative of changing out the old street light system and opting for energy efficiency in terms of proper lighting," "Your accounting mechanism of the number of street lights across the country that aren't working will help us to work closely with the Jamaica Public Service in improving the service and, most importantly, reducing the cost to the Government that we have to pay for street lights on an annual basis" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie adds : “Everyone in the Ministry of Local Government and its agencies has an obligation…we must pay. So the first set of names that will be published in the media will be those of elected representatives (if they fail to comply). We won’t have the moral authority to talk about others if we are not paying,” External link

jis Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:54:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "The time of patching is over and done with. The Ministry of Local Government will be providing $20 million to commence work on this road leading to Bustamante's birthplace. And I am giving a commitment to the community that when we celebrate Labour Day 2017, this road will reflect what Sir Alexander Bustamante deserves," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The sole purpose of working with the tax mobile is to ensure that we maximize the collection of property taxes,” External link

jis Monday, February 20, 2017 10:02:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it abundantly clear that at no time was any such mention made and that what existed before in terms of property tax payment will not change,” External link

jis Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it abundantly clear that at no time was any such mention made and that what existed before in terms of property tax payment will not change,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie asked : “How many finance committee chairs have taken the responsibility to know how your committee works? How many councillors have ever read the procurement guidelines outlining how we operate responsibly as an organisation?” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 11:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no curriculum in Jamaica that speaks to local government,” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no curriculum in Jamaica that speaks to local government,” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Our challenge, as a country, is to look again at the spaces we occupy and the building practices we engage in to ensure that we are, as best as possible, prepared for the passage, or aftermath, of an earthquake… and demonstrate that we have learnt from that experience,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Let this tree be a symbol of change, a symbol of hope. Let it be the light that will shine in the very dark corners of your beautiful city ... I want you to strengthen that argument by uniting as one family ... to change the face of Montego Bay," External link

jamaica-star Friday, December 16, 2016 10:31:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The disparity between what I used to get when I was the Mayor of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation ( KSAC) and what my friends in Montego Bay and Portmore are getting, compared with the other mayors in the other parishes has to stop,” “There has to be an equal playing field right across the board. We want to have those discussions where we can get this thing straightened out. This is long overdue,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have some forms that speak to integrity and personal assets and I urge you to ensure they are read by all the councillors,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : "One of the weaknesses of the local government is that we complain that the resources that we have is limited, it is not enough, but I am telling you, money is not the problem," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : "However, since it exists, then let us use it until we are able to change it. It is not every day you must write to the minister asking for favours, you have the capabilities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "One of the regulations speaking to how you dispose of the municipal's assets, whether rented, lease, or sale, is that you must apply to the ministry to seek permission. But if we are talking about making you self-sufficient and giving that independent leg to stand on, then you should not seek anybody's permission to dispense on your own," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are going to be reinstituting, beginning next year, an allocation to the 228 municipal divisions across the country of an indigent grant for the assistance of housing repairs for the indigent in your respective divisions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : "When I became a councillor in 1977, one of the prides of a councillor was the fact that you were able to offer, at the time, indigent grant support to your divisions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "There can be no excuse. Having resources is not an issue for the municipal corporations across the country. One of the things that we experienced over the last four years is excuses for inefficiency and non-performance, and we want to get past that," "I want to make the announcement this afternoon because we are going to be strengthening your ability as local representatives to deliver service" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is well known, and indeed, the director of elections has referred to it, that the party with the popular vote in the parish selects the mayor, and the other side will select the deputy mayor,” “In this instance, the mayor comes from the Jamaica Labour Party. Despite the fact that an election petition has been filed with respect to the Yallahs Division, there is no justification for the duly elected representatives who won on the PNP ticket to refrain from being sworn in today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 9, 2016 9:43:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister38.66%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
local government minister35.82%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
minister of local government7.61%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
community development minister3.43%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
government minister2.24%EN05/17/201717/05/2017
mp1.04%EN03/22/201722/03/2017
farmer0.45%EN12/19/201619/12/2016
leader0.30%EN11/29/201629/11/2016
senator0.45%EN11/19/201619/11/2016
local government minister senator0.15%EN11/19/201619/11/2016
manchester local government minister0.15%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
ministro de gobierno0.30%ES10/04/201604/10/2016
maire de kingston0.15%FR10/01/201601/10/2016
ancien maire de kingston0.15%FR10/01/201601/10/2016
minister of culture0.30%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
photographer local government minister0.15%EN09/08/201608/09/2016
trelawny local government minister0.15%EN08/03/201603/08/2016
minister of local government and community development4.78%EN07/05/201605/07/2016
yhomo hutchinson local government minister0.30%EN06/10/201610/06/2016
holness and local government minister0.15%EN06/09/201609/06/2016
local government and community development minister0.60%EN06/04/201604/06/2016
hanover local government minister0.15%EN05/27/201627/05/2016
lawmaker0.90%EN04/16/201416/04/2014
mayor0.75%EN05/27/201027/05/2010
councillor0.90%EN12/12/200912/12/2009
Names Lang Count
Desmond McKenzieEN87.09%
Desmond McKenzieFR6.89%
Desmond McKenzieDE4.73%
Desmond McKenziePT0.72%
Desmond McKenzieES0.57%


 
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Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “They have said clearly that one of the things that they need to enhance what they are doing is life vests. We are going to be providing 100 life vests for the rafters here so that they can do that. And that will be done through the Social Development Commission (SDC) and we are committed to supporting this effort,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am not going to give a time (for completion of the work), but the additional cost on the amount (allocated) was probably another $2 million, so it was not an enormous amount over the original $20 million that was allocated for the renovation of the market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am elated, because the adjustments have been made, the consultations with the vendors were held, and the vendors are satisfied. Once the vendors are satisfied, we are satisfied. My only wish is that we can complete the project in a reasonable time, so that the vendors can come back to this location because presently, they are occupying the transportation centre,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 21, 2022 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The criteria that makes one eligible for these houses are that they must be a registered poor, and that the investigation and the determination will be made by the inspector of poor [for the parish], working with the Board of Supervision in the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The criteria that makes one eligible for these [housing] solutions are that they must be a registered poor, and that the investigation and the determination will be made by the Inspector of Poor [for the parish], working with the Board of Supervision in the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 7, 2022 3:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “Specifically, these are the white-ball, one-day and T-20 International matches between the West Indies and Ireland, scheduled for January 8-16 at Sabina Park, and the semi-final rounds of Manning and daCosta Cup matches. Our multi-ministry and agency committee, involving the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development; Health and Wellness; and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, received submissions from the Jamaica Cricket Association and the Inter-Secondary Schools Association, respectively, for a limited number of spectators to attend these games. Most regrettably, in light of the rising positivity rate and the threat of the Omicron variant, it is not possible to accommodate this request. At this point, it is simply not practical to give the green light for public access to these games,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “the Government will exercise flexibility as the situation changes, as the role and impact of sport on social well-being, social development and on the local economies of communities is fully acknowledged. This administration will facilitate the return of spectator participation in sport in the safest way possible, in the shortest possible time” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 30, 2021 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “What this is saying is that people are not adhering to the protocols, and then they’re criminal elements who use these illegal parties to exercise the power of the gun and it’s affecting us. It is affecting the murder rate and I can only ask persons to remember that no parties,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You have increase in motor vehicle accidents. You have traffic pile-up across the country. We are asking the police to do too much, and yet we are expecting them to do that. We as citizens are not doing enough to ensure that the work of the police is not enormous,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A large number of these illegal facilities have been cleared and we have put in the necessary measures to ensure that no more illegal dumping takes place at these sites across the country,” External link

jis Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is expected that these measures will help to reduce the backlog of solid waste that our citizens are experiencing in some parts of the country. Significant work has been taking place already to decrease the volume of [waste] that has accumulated, and this initiative will move the process forward as well as ensure that whatever garbage is generated thorough the holiday period will be properly managed,” External link

jis Thursday, December 16, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “They must be fully vaccinated and must present a negative COVID-19 test that is no more than three days old and they must also walk with their proof of vaccination,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have established in at least six infirmaries, a new concept called therapeutic parks. These parks are constructed with benches, water fountain, a little gazebo, an area where they can sit and relax and these visits will be facilitated using the therapeutic parks and where there are no parks, we are putting in an area to facilitate the visits,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am hoping that once the procurement process and the estimate are completed, by early January we will commence work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 13, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are a government that is committed to rural development, and we will ensure that we play our part in assisting… the people of south St. James,” External link

jis Monday, December 13, 2021 6:10:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “We have a long list of Jamaicans who need to get into the system and we will be examining the protocols. We will be looking to see what this new strain [Omicron] will do, and I am hoping that in early January I will be in a position to make the announcement. But I can assure the country that we are almost close to the point where we will now start to admit or accept new cases in our infirmaries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 13, 2021 2:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Just this week in Parliament, the legislation was amended to extend stiffer penalties to criminals who are incarcerated, who are creating more havoc in the society from prison,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have to admit how embarrassed I am. It's my first visit here to the Sav market and I have gotten messages from the vendors about how they have been suffering where it concerns the condition of the market. But seeing it for myself, I could never support any initiative to force people to go into the market because the market is not suitable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Cinemas and theatres will continue to open with limitations, while churches, which are among the most responsive and supportive organisations, have also been allowed to continue to operate within their limitations,” “Let me clearly state that we have not move the restrictions on entertainment, so parties and nightclubs are not permitted to open and to operate” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Any parties that take place and any nightclubs that are open, while engaging in music and dancing, is doing so in contravention of the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are looking at measures that will allow us to consider how we approach it, but we also have to be mindful that we did make some concessions, and some of the players did not live up to the commitment that they gave,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The prime minister on Tuesday announced new measures around COVID. The prime minister has been clear, and we have been clear, that we cannot continue to squeeze the life out of the economy of the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 11, 2021 8:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is a significant portion of the revenues of the local authorities. We are looking at measures that will allow us to consider how we approach it, but we also have to be mindful that we did make some concessions, and some of the players didn’t live up to the commitment that they gave, and while we understand the hardships that those persons in the sector experience, we also have to look at the wider picture,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 11, 2021 1:11:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The original intention was to provide a hot meal for the street people. It has now moved to include breakfast. I am proud of the service it is delivering,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 10, 2021 8:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The vendors who are going to be using this facility must take pride in using it ... . This is not an apartment building ... . It’s not somewhere where you bring no mattress and throw pan di ground, and then after we see TV come in, and then you have some relatives from country, yuh bring dem come, and it becomes an apartment complex,” “I am giving the vendors notice. This was not built for you to live in. It was constructed for you to ply your trade, and anybody who breach the protocols can’t stay in there,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government did not indicate at any time about the Bethel Town fire station. We know it is of concern but, right now, there are three stations [other] that are slated to be constructed next year,” “I did indicate that we will be looking at the question of Bethel Town and also one in St Elizabeth” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “There is some effect in terms of mental health and that is why I have invited them [youth mayors] to meet with the Social Development Commission (SDC) so that they will be able to put in perspective their views and recommendation, so that the SDC will be able to take on some of these positions and use it going forward… to see how best we can improve on the problems that many people are experiencing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “This is the most outstanding youth forum that we have had since the inception because what is coming out of today will not be lost here. It will not be a mere discussion, but there are issues that we have to build on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What we are looking to do is that once we start to re-admit persons to the infirmaries, one of the conditions that will be laid out is that new cases coming into the infirmaries must be fully vaccinated before they are admitted to the infirmary. We have to do that to safeguard the population in our infirmaries,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The other thing we are contemplating is how are we going to treat visits in the Christmas season. Last year we partnered with Digicel and we used technology as a means of allowing loved ones to communicate with their relatives inside of the infirmaries. This year we are looking to see if we can do it on a limited face-to-face basis where people, once we have agreed and I just want to say it from now, what we are looking for is that people who would want to visit their relatives in the infirmaries, people who are desirous of doing so must be fully vaccinated, and they must come with a [negative] COVID test that is 72 hours [before], and we will limit visits based on appointments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So you would make your appointments, you would come at the time given and we will be creating areas such as the therapeutic park, as a means of allowing loved ones during the festive season, once we have worked out the protocols. That is the approach we will be taking,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “People must understand that in order to protect the integrity and to maintain the very high standards that we have had since COVID with the infirmaries, that all the protocols that are being used will be observed once we take that decision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 28, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “With the quality of your presentations, I will be very disappointed if in 10 years some of you are not involved in the political process, at least at the local government level,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is that aspect of government which gets closest to the people. It is no chaka chaka representation. Marcus Garvey, Alexander Bustamante, Hugh Shearer, Portia Simpson Miller all served in local government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “An outstanding mention was that of mental health. It is not lost on me how COVID-19 has affected the youth,” “One of the greatest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic is the education sector; the youngsters have had their mental capacity tested” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “In six parishes there will be rural development programme established to expand Internet connectivity, lights, water and road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I must point out that Westmoreland will be one of our main areas within western Jamaica in this year’s conference,” “It’s a parish where the MPs are relatively new, so the focus will be in Westmoreland to highlight the new members of parliament and to give the kind of support and respect to the people that they gave to the Jamaica Labour Party in the last general election” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Crime is all of our concerns and I believe, collectively, as a people, we can overcome that hurdle if we truly commit ourselves to the fight against crime,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is not that any person who is an anti-vaxer will be forced, but we must protect those for whom we provide care,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie disclosed : “A therapeutic park, a fountain, improvements to the kitchen, painting of the building, and the erection of a fence, is all part of the work to be done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I must inform you that 85 per cent of the residents have been vaccinated. Among staff members, 70 per cent are vaccinated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is the intention of the Ministry of Health to look into what social patients are costing hospitals. They are occupying critical bed space and, by doing so, hamper the real reason for which hospital bed spaces are intended,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “This infirmary has less than 100 occupants, but my Government, which has since 2016 spent $700 million on infirmaries, is displaying here in Trelawny how caring we are for those who reside here,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 26, 2021 5:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The prime minister will speak extensively at the conference on the question of security. But let me say, crime is all of us concern; and I believe collectively we can overcome that hurdle if we truly commit ourselves to the fight against crime,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This year's conference will bring a message of hope to the Jamaican people. This year's conference will assure the Jamaican people that the Jamaica Labour Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is still committed and will work harder in rebuilding Jamaica to ensure that as a nation and as a people we continue to give the prosperity that we started in 2016,” “I urge all Jamaicans at home and abroad, wherever you are, to join us this Sunday virtually in building back Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “to show the country the steps we are taking and the steps that are being taken to build back from the onslaught of COVID-19” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This Government is not lost in accepting and recognising that young people are going to be trailblazers [because] what you all need is for people to believe in you, to understand and to respect your views,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 26, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "It's a parish where the MPs are relatively new, so the focus will be in Westmoreland to highlight the new members of parliament and to give the kind of support and respect to the people of Westmoreland that they gave to the Jamaica Labour Party in the last general election," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:15:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the workers in our infirmaries, and to say that your efforts have made our country, Jamaica, one of the best countries in the world, because our infirmaries have not suffered significant fallout because of COVID,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 22, 2021 9:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Horace Chan ) : “This project will have no problem. There will be no dons and ‘donnetts’ on this site. There will be no extra pay bill to facilitate work. That will never happen in this constituency on this project; and as the MP, I am giving Minister Chang that commitment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So I would recommend to my fellow brothers and sisters within the region that an effective local government system can help, in many ways, in the fight against disasters,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We can use it for any formal event - sports, church, or wherever mass gatherings are going to be. It is going to be done on a controlled basis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:53:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “However, discussions will continue regarding the possibility of allowing vaccinated spectators into ‘The Office’ for the following World Cup qualifying home match against Mexico on January 27, 2022,” “These consultations will, of course, be influenced by the continuous monitoring of the COVID-19 indicators in the country, including the positivity rate. Once a decision is arrived at, an announcement will be made in due course” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:23:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are putting in a washing area and a water tank and it will be a fully constructed house that will meet the requirements of the family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “When you come into situations like these and you see the housing stock it tells you why there is a need to expand the programme. We have needy Jamaicans right across the country and it is a pleasure to know that we are going to be playing a part in helping to alleviate some of the challenges experienced in areas such as this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “The next targeted area in the Corporate Area will be in south St Andrew and then central Kingston and then we will go into south St James, and then we will go into western Westmoreland. We have over 30 units presently under construction right across Jamaica and we are building these units at an affordable price,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “It is not for any little young boy or girl to hitch up and it is not for sale or for rent. The poor relief department of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation will have an active role to visit and ensure what was given is maintained. The persons who are benefiting [must be] those in need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are using tax dollars in a meaningful and productive way so that persons can benefit. The Government has committed to providing over 70,000 houses. We are playing our part in that 70,000 target. There is a joint partnership with the HOPE programme and the Ministry of Local Government that we are going to commencing in a short while. We will be building an additional 20 units as part of the Social Housing Programme,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 25, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “No spectator, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be allowed into the stadium,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:05:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am satisfied with the state of readiness. Everything is in place. We are only hoping that there will be no need for us to activate these facilities, but if we do, again, I am giving the assurance that we are in a state of readiness for the hurricane season,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “A big word of thanks to the National Housing Trust [NHT]. I want to place on record the gratitude of the Ministry of Local Government to the NHT, because when the present Minister of Finance [Nigel Clarke] was chairman of the NHT [board], there was some arrangement that was made years ago for the NHT to provide some funding to assist some social programmes,” “That [over] $200 million that was provided by the NHT has benefited Westmoreland, St Elizabeth, Portland, Hanover and Manchester,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, June 20, 2021 12:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This project is intended to upgrade the community in the best way we can – roads, water, light, indigent housing support, community open space, Internet access, and most importantly, having social programmes that will allow the community members to feel like they are a part of anywhere else in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “It does not necessarily mean that we will spend that amount, or it can also take more. As we go along, we will have to do assessments,” “We are hoping that once we have done the final assessments, we will be able to commence the project. Remember, we have to go through the procurement process for certain things, so hopefully we can commence by the end of July or early August” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The shelters are equipped, and will be able to accept persons if it becomes necessary, and it is the responsibility of every Jamaican, during this period to pay close attention to the warnings, reading the bulletins [issued] by ODPEM, especially in Portland, a parish that is prone to flooding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 14, 2021 12:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I dismiss that because that is not true. We have been consistent in executing the protocols, regardless of who it may be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 11, 2021 10:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : "Everybody is feeling it and if we take that decision then I will urge the local authorities to come on board and let us try to return some semblance of stability to those who rely heavily on the sector. We have people who sell soup [and] chicken, who sells the beer, who provides certain services that continue to find it difficult to make two ends meet," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "So, I'm going to put it to the mayors and I'm hoping to get their buy in on it because I think it will go a far way in showing the commitment of a collective response of the Government to a sector that has been severely affected because of COVID-19," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I can't speak for my colleague minister in short order, a report of the incident that took place at Rick's Cafe,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 11, 2021 3:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are almost 100 per cent ready in terms of our shelters. There are 867 shelters islandwide, and we have done assessment on almost 90 per cent of shelters across the island. All our shelters are equipped with isolation areas so that persons, if they come down with COVID, will be relocated to these areas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 2, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is well known that entertainment activities of this type have been banned by order since March last year when COVID-19 arrived in the country. The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation did not permit this event to occur, and indeed, no municipal corporation has issued permits for events since last year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I want to make it clear that no preferential treatment is being given by the Government,” “There are no two Jamaicas. The police are dealing with this incident, which has been captured on video, and I wish to remind everyone that these breaches carry significant fines, which include the maximum $1 million and up to a year in prison on conviction” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 30, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I call for good sense to prevail, as we must navigate the pandemic in a way that ensures our collective survival and recovery," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:53:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Kingston Western ) : “West Kingston has the distinct honour of having four prime ministers serving as its member of parliament, and we are a constituency that deserves the recognition and deserves the respect, because we have produced some of our greatest modern leaders since universal adult suffrage,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Today, we salute you, Papa Eddie. Happy birthday, we miss you. We will continue to love and cherish you,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 11:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Desmond McKenzie ) : "It is well known that entertainment activities of this type have been banned by order since March last year, when COVID-19 arrived in the country. The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation did not permit this event to occur, and indeed, no municipal corporation has issued permits for events since last year''. The seven-day closure is in addition to the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo) withdrawing Rick's Café's COVID-19 compliance certification with immediate effect due to the violation, which McKenzie said “...has caused outrage and evoked feeling of biased and differential application of the law. " External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:28:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “To date, 220 persons have been infected with 11 deaths recorded [at infirmaries and golden age homes]. The Denham Town Golden Age Home is the only facility that has not recorded a positive case of COVID-19,” “We grieve at the fact that any loss of life occurred. At the same time, I am really heartened that the mortality rate in the care facilities in Jamaica is absolutely one of the lowest in the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, and as far as Europe,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The importance of the role of the JFB (Jamaica Fire Brigade), in protecting lives and property, has been exceeded only by the dedication of the people who make up this outstanding agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “You may not see them every day, but firefighters are always nearby, ready to respond, and that is why this Administration has invested over $5 billion in equipment and infrastructure since 2016,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “To date, 220 persons have been infected with 11 deaths recorded [at infirmaries and golden age homes]. The Denham Town Golden Age Home is the only facility that has not recorded a positive case of COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Our disaster coordinators have been doing all the things necessary to secure shelters during the period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Rural Water Supply Limited also installed water supply systems in over 22 communities in eight parishes and now, over 33,000 people are enjoying vastly improved water supply as a result of the work of the rural water agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 20, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The programme will include the installation of water, electricity, Internet access, roads, sidewalks, community parks, and indigent housing. We will use this programme to give new life to our rural communities over the next two years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It will energise many families who are struggling, especially those with only one phone to share for four or five children. It will give stimulus to those students who have already caught on the online revolution but are not in a position to afford a tablet or a smart phone, so today is an opportunity to expose the students to the advancing age of technology,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:43:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Yvonne had been fighting multiple myeloma from 2014, and breast cancer since 2011 – a fact that she was very open about. She did not allow these severe health challenges to keep her down. In fact, she found the strength to campaign in southern St Catherine in the February 2016 general election, and she campaigned victoriously to remain councillor for her division in the local government elections in November that year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Yvonne had been fighting multiple myeloma from 2014, and breast cancer since 2011. A fact that she was very open about. She did not allow these severe health challenges to keep her down; in fact, she found the strength to campaign in Southern St Catherine in the February 2016 general election, and she campaigned victoriously to remain councillor for her division in the local government elections in November that year. I believe that determination came not only from her strong faith, but also from her never-say-die, firebrand personality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 14, 2021 9:49:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Though the management of COVID-19 continues to require the observance of the public health measures including curfews, the Government at the same time recognises the very special emotional place that Mother's Day has in the hearts of our people. As a mark of respect and appreciation for all our nation's women, I want to emphasise that this two-hour extension is exclusively for these entities and persons, to help to spread joy on Mother's Day,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 7, 2021 11:14:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This decision came at the end of a meeting I chaired today involving representatives of the Ministries of Health and Wellness, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Premier League Clubs Association, the Jamaica Football Federation, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Social Development Commission,” “We have been meeting for some time, to ensure that all possible mechanisms concerning the efficient prevention and management of COVID-19 are applied to all aspects of Club competition, including the health and safety of players, referees and Club workers and administrators. Further details regarding the starting times and the conditions under which the competitions will be held, will be disclosed at a later date,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The impact of sport on social well-being and social development is well recognized, and the Government will support all efforts to promote the enjoyment of sport in the safest way possible. In this regard, the Government is actively considering applications from a range of sporting associations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While we are relieved that there were no injuries or deaths reported, the fact is that all entertainment events are prohibited by order. I have noted that the Westmoreland police are investigating the matter, and the fact is that all who organised this event, including the owners and managers of the vessel, and those who attended it are liable for prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is not the first time that this vessel has worked with us here in Jamaica to provide relief supplies across the region, and today, I am extremely honoured and proud to be a part of this as we have seen again what cooperation at the highest level can do in times of crisis,” “Getting the stuff was easy, but to transport it posed a difficulty that we have faced at all times when we are asked to respond” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government was approached to provide assistance to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines… [and] we mobilised the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to coordinate the efforts. Getting the supplies was easy, but transporting posed the difficulty that we have faced at all times when we are asked to respond, and our friends in The Bahamas have demonstrated, again, what Caribbean unity is all about,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:51:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “An account numbered 212387304 has also been opened at the National Commercial Bank, Oxford Place Branch, to accept donations from the public,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Association ) : “We are working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture and other private sector partners, which include the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporter's Association, to finalise relief efforts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 9:12:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Ministry of Local Government, as you all know, is critical to the COVID response,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Christopher Tufton ) : “We will be coordinating with the 63 Members of Parliament… and on Tuesday (today) I will be meeting with all the mayors and the CEOs [of the municipal bodies], and the inspectors of the poor… where Minister Tufton will join that virtual meeting to outline the process as we go forward. We want to use that platform to encourage Jamaicans not to listen to the false narrative that is out there about the vaccine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The two-week exercise will give us an opportunity to see how well it works … and that will make the necessary decisions how we go forward after the period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 22, 2021 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The level of security that will come is going to be one where the communities will definitely buy into because it is for their advantage more than anything else,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I salute the work and the very visible legacy that Derron Wood has left in Eastern Portland and especially in the Fairy Hill Division. He has cemented himself into the modern history of local governance in this part of Portland, and he is already being greatly missed. No words can ease the pain of his passing, but I offer especially to his family, the assurance that he lived an exemplary life, and has made his parish a better place because he stepped forward to serve," External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "It is a bitter blow for us in the Jamaica Labour Party family. Derron was a popular and highly respected councillor, who served the people of Fairy Hill in that capacity for nearly 18 years," External link

jamaica-star Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it clear that only the clergy will be allowed to administer the final rites for persons who are buried or cremated in these three circumstances. No family gathering will be allowed. The current order prohibiting burials remains in effect,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:26:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What this means is that effective Monday, March 15, the Registrar General’s Department will issue burial orders after receiving death certificates so that families and funeral homes can make all the necessary arrangements for the final send-off of the deceased once the ban on burials is lifted,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 15, 2021 10:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You cannot be encouraging actions like those because if a Government bows to that kind of pressure, the Government is going to lose its legitimacy,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:39:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Following the announcement by the most honourable prime minister in Parliament on February 9, applications for sporting events are being considered on a case-by-case basis. An application for the Sigma Run was made and approval was given after a full range of stringent protocols, for which the company was required to manage, were considered. The ministry recognises the concerns of Jamaicans and the general public and would like to give the assurance that the event was monitored and found to be compliant with the approved protocols. We are reaffirming to Jamaica that the consideration to grant the approval was based on compliance with the established porotocols only, and is the first of a number of applications that was considered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:35:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Failure to obtain the proper approvals can have unwelcomed consequences. Unfortunately, this is what happened at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) training camp. While the JFF had submitted an application for the event, it did not wait for approval and sadly multiple cases of COVID [were] discovered among the players,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:35:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "The Ministry recognises the concerns of Jamaicans and the general public and would like to give the assurance that the event was monitored and found to be compliant with the approved protocols. We are reaffirming to Jamaica that the consideration to grant the approval was based on compliance with the established protocols only and is the first of a number of applications that was considered," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “However, as we all know, these are not normal times. We are living with COVID-19, and we as parliamentarians are not exempt from the social distancing and public gathering rules. Accordingly, I am encouraging all Jamaica Labour Party supporters to stay away from Gordon House and its environs, when the State Opening of Parliament takes place next Thursday, February 18. Please watch the ceremony on television or tune in by radio or go online. I know that we will be missing the joy of having our bedrock supporters close to us, but we must accept that public health and safety comes first,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 12, 2021 11:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie commented : “Digicel must be commended for this donation and all the efforts that they have made during the pandemic, they have been an excellent corporate body. These hand-washing stations will be distributed throughout every infirmary and municipal building islandwide. We will also be installing stations in towns and commercial areas like Cross Roads. I hope the public recognises the importance of using these units and treating them well, so we may all benefit from them” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 7, 2021 12:30:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While these are clearly horrific and criminal acts, I am left to wonder if this is the outcome of an outburst of madness. It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population,” External link

stabroeknews Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:04:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “This incident also revives the daily challenge to us all to be a far gentler society, and to ensure that the vulnerable among us are never seen or treated as expendable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population. Although we provide a full range of services at the drop-in centres, including overnight accommodation, many of our homeless brothers and sisters use them, but prefer to stay on the streets, thus making them even more vulnerable to organised or random attacks,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “While these are clearly horrific and criminal acts, I am left to wonder if this is the outcome of an outburst of madness. It challenges me to do even more for our homeless population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Even as the police work to solve these assaults and murders, I am appealing to our homeless people to make greater use of these facilities that are dedicated to them. They are staffed by committed professionals who continue to provide total care for all who visit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 26, 2021 1:42:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The police and the JDF Coast Guard will be enforcing the order to ensure that no gatherings of any kind occur on these cays. I want to say to the persons who are organising these events, and to those attending them, that you know that what you are doing is illegal, and you run the risk of prosecution,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 31, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This now takes to three in total, the number of cays that have been closed and will remain closed by the order. A few days ago, Lime Cay and Maiden Cay were closed, after the receipt of reports of flagrant breaches of the COVID-19 protocols taking place there, and it is our information that persons had started to shift the illegal parties to Pigeon Cay,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:49:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “All the infirmaries have been doing regular tests almost every other week because of the nature of the infirmaries, and thank God, so far, we have only had one case in Westmoreland. Outside of that, all the persons who were affected by COVID have recovered fully,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not soliciting any funds from anybody. The Government has provided all the funds to feed, to maintain the institutions and also to provide meals for the homeless population right across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “They are employing additional sweepers and they are making sure all the areas, the public spaces across the country, are adequately swept and the garbage collected and taken to the disposal site,” “The entity will be putting on additional trucks and they have been doing so, taking into consideration the impact the rains have had on the collection of garbage over the last couple of weeks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What we have noticed is that information is being used on social pages on Facebook and other social-media platforms to promote these illegal activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “That is the name of the event set for Club Utopia in Bull Bay, St Andrew (December 9). This is one of the flyers in total disregard for the Government and this information has been passed on to the police to prevent these illegal activities from going on,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are aware of nightclubs, especially in the Corporate Area, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril and other major centres, are operating in defiance of the protocols. These venues registered as restaurants are now operating as nightclubs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are significant challenges in holding these elections at this time, as the country is well aware that the Government is engaged in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted the economy and indeed the lives of people, not just here in Jamaica but across the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie suggested : “What we don't want is for the country to believe that there is some hanky-panky in providing these trucks for the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB). It would be a sad reflection on us, as a country, when we are doing what is necessary to safeguard the interest of the Jamaican people, that it is clouded in any uncertainty,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie pointed out ( about National Safety ) : “Fire trucks are not something that you walk into a supplier and buy off the shelf. Those trucks have to be built to specification, and those specifications are laid down coming from the National Works Agency, which works closely with the Jamaica Fire Brigade to come up with the specifications, and those specification would cost” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 20, 2020 4:09:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about National Safety ) : “On each of these occasions, National Safety Limited has won the bid with the trucks being provided by using Rosenbauer America,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This guarantee is not in keeping with the fiscal rules of the Government of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 18, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Mr Harrow brings to the leadership of the ODPEM over 23 years of service in the public sector, including over 18 in various strategic, logistical and other organisational leadership capacities in the Electoral Office of Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Richard Thompson ) : “I am confident that his skills and experience will serve the agency and the country well. He assumes office at a particularly busy time, as the ODPEM discharges its responsibilities in the midst of the current, intense weather systems. I also wish to place on record my appreciation to the acting director general of the agency, Mr Richard Thompson, who will now revert to his substantive role as deputy director general,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 2, 2020 2:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “As Jamaica’s disaster management agency, the ODPEM has been a critical part of the process of protecting the people of Jamaica for over 40 years, and will continue to be an essential institution as we work to manage and recover from the effects of COVID-19, as well as climatic events,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 2, 2020 10:43:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie insisted : “The Government is on top of our infirmaries, despite the slips that occurred at the Vineyard Town facility...,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “With the testing of all 637 staff and residents at The Golden Age Home having been completed, I am thankful that the vast majority, 533, have tested negative. The remaining 22 staff and 82 residents who tested positive are being carefully managed, and I am optimistic that they will experience full recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:04:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The devastation that is taking place is not something that we will be able to pull back from as quickly as we did in the past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 27, 2020 9:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A lot of the areas, the housing stock, cannot remain at the same level. It's just not possible because a large portion of where these house are, has been compromised. So the job for us now is to seek temporary shelter for those persons who are in need of shelter and then once we have gotten over that, there has to be a look at the overall state of the area as it relates to the conditions that the residents are living under,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 25, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “So it is clear that the protocols that we put in since March of this year have worked, but there is some slippage at Vineyard Town, and we are very concerned about it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 23, 2020 12:28:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “He did well in his tenure as Mayor of Montego Bay. There are significant changes that have been made under his leadership and I am sure than in the areas of responsibilities that he has been assigned, he will do well. I know he has the potential to do well and I am looking forward for us to make Local Government greater than what we have been doing since 2016,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This new initiative will not replace the police. It is intended to complement the efforts of the constabulary, which is already heavily involved in this new COVID-19 dimension of policing, as well as performing its normal duties,” “The Government is determined to do everything possible to manage the pandemic in a way that ensures that the new normal has a space for everyone to thrive. This is exactly why we need full compliance with all protocols, so that public health and economic recovery can co-exist, to the benefit of our citizens” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 25, 2020 10:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “There are other entities under our microscope and the same treatment will be meted out to them. We have further learnt that there are nightclubs operating under the guise of restaurants and lounges where the prescribed guidelines are being flouted. The names of these entities have been forwarded to the Jamaica Constabulary Force for further investigations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We met [last] Sunday and the candidates were fully briefed as to what the protocols must be and they have all committed themselves to doing that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:09:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Despite the short period of time, the party considers it important that every constituency gets a taste of this new way of campaigning that the JLP will bring to the table,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “On July 15, I announced the easing of restrictions to allow the gradual return of entertainment events, effective July 21. It was made very clear that all the public health protocols, among other rules, had to be followed so that this breathing space could be expanded,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “In many instances, events are being held without any permit even being sought from the local authorities. In other cases where permits were issued, the terms and conditions were blatantly disregarded by the promoters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “In other words … this window of opportunity, this breathing space for the entertainment sector, will only remain open to those promoters, hosts and patrons who obey the rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “All promotions for events must include COVID-19 protocols, referring specifically to wearing of masks, sanitisation and physical distancing. The promoters and patrons must observe government orders regarding closure before curfew times, sanitisation protocols, physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals, mandatory wearing of masks and temperature checks, especially on entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Any promoter, venue, sound system owner or operator who fails to comply with these protocols is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $1 million and/or 12 months' imprisonment under the Disaster Risk Management Act,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So apart from giving the name of the event and the date and the location, we have agreed that that information must be on the flyer so that the public knows that you must come prepared to get sanitised, wear your mask,” “There shall be audible public announcements every 15 minutes during the event, reminding patrons to wear masks when not drinking or eating and to observe physical-distancing protocols” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I asked him, 'What is it that we can do for you?' Because you have made local government month very attractive because of your participation. He turned to me and he said he wanted a house for his mother,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are saying to young people, this is an opportunity to start life. It is a small job, but at least it gives you responsibility and I am quite sure that many of our young people will take it, step up to the plate and demonstrate their abilities,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Because of COVID-19, we are not able to have an expansive Youth Summer Employment Programme like we did for the last few years, where for two months we employed these young people,” External link

jamaica-star Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “This is an immediate need. It is time now that something is done to the market,” External link

jis Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a popular market in this part of the island. It is a market with tradition and that has a registered population of over 700 vendors between the ground provision and the haberdashery market. I am really not satisfied with what I have seen, and there is no excuse for the condition that the vendors are operating under,” “We are about getting things done…. and I have made a decision, which the technical team in the Ministry will now fine-tune with all the necessary documentation, so that the work can commence as quickly as possible,” External link

jis Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is an immediate need. It is time now that something is done to the market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am condemning this in the strongest terms. There is no justifiable reason for the SDC's logo to be on any vehicle or at any location at which political activity is taking place. I have ordered a thorough investigation into this matter, and the permanent secretary in the ministry will be providing me with a report by midday tomorrow [Monday, August 3],” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I am also using this opportunity to advise and remind the staff of the SDC that they are not to engage in any form of political activity. I also call on them to be careful about the use of all branded material, and to protect, at all times, the credibility of the agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a very popular market. Over 700 vendors operate here, and that gives a clear idea of the customer volume that passes through in order to create a profitable and sustainable living for them. The conditions are unacceptable, and so works are going to be quickly done to create a proper, functional market. The technical team will finalise the design and related aspects for the improvement works and $7 million will be made available immediately for the most urgent repairs. The remaining funds will facilitate other infrastructure needs once the normal approval procedures are completed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 10:57:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am also very concerned about the continued misuse of our beaches and rivers. The surveys have revealed that they are being overcrowded, in clear breach of the social-distancing protocols. Little Dunn’s River, Spanish River, and Little Ochie are just a few of the venues at which the overcrowding is occurring,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am also very concerned about the continued misuse of our beaches and rivers. The surveys have revealed that they are being overcrowded, in clear breach of the social-distancing protocols. Little Dunn’s River, Spanish River and Little Ochi are just a few of the venues at which the overcrowding is occurring. Additionally, parties and other events are being held at various beaches and rivers in clear violation of the stipulations that govern their reopening. Parties and tournaments are banned at beaches and rivers,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 5, 2020 1:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “These are people who have found themselves in really hard positions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “Those 10 areas will be announced shortly, but I want to assure the people in St Elizabeth, especially in the Balaclava area of the parish, that we have heard the cries and we are going to be responding in Balaclava and the Brompton areas. They will benefit from at least two more water shops in those areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:53:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This measure is in keeping with the Government’s COVID-19 protocols as well as the parochial market laws which speaks to public markets and their closure on public holidays. I am therefore imploring our vendors and shoppers to adhere to the guidelines for their own safety and the welfare of others,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “I also want to use this opportunity to remind us that the daily curfew, which begins at 11:00 p.m until 5:00 a.m the following day, will remain in place until September 30. Remember to observe social distancing, wear your masks and sanitise,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 11:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie pointed out : “We put a new feature in it now, we added a water tank so if there’s no water, you have a tank to catch water,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 31, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “He advised me that the park is now officially open to the public, including all the requirements that have been stipulated under the order by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Again, we are saying to persons that these protocols are still in place and we are asking for persons to observe [them], because if the Government is forced to, then we will have to put tighter restrictions [in place for] funerals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 27, 2020 9:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “Again, we are saying to persons that these protocols are still in place and we are asking for persons to observe [them], because if the government is forced to, then we will have to put tighter restrictions [in place for] funerals,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The JPS is expected to install 18,000 [additional] new LED street lights between now and December. The remaining [19,133] will be done before the end of this financial year [in March 2021],” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 25, 2020 2:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “We cannot have two standards and we are enforcing right across the country, and the operator of Reggae Mill is no different from any other Jamaican [business]. I would urge the management to cease and desist immediately or face the consequences of [flouting] the Disaster Risk Management Order,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 25, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "This is an achievement that we all should be proud of," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 24, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We have heard the calls from the citizens to do better and to do more. We are ready to put on our jogging shoes; we are fit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are about 200 homeless people in Linstead alone, which is literally begging for a drop-in centre, which we will be doing very soon,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, July 17, 2020 2:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I have invited the board of supervision and management of the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home to meet with me tomorrow [today] to look and to listen about what took place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not here to abuse and to turn out and to disadvantage anyone who relies on the State for assistance. And once I am fully abreast of the circumstances then we will take the necessary steps that are required to ensure that at the end of the day we are doing the right thing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie claimed ( about Andrew Holness ) : “This Administration of Andrew Holness has provided more funds for the destitute of this country more than any other Administration has done since 1944,” “The records are there to prove it. And we are committed to change as best as possible as we can the conditions of these people. We have built these facilities [drop-in centres] because there is a set of Jamaicans that have been forgotten. There are more than 2,000 Jamaicans who are living on the streets of this country, in sub-human conditions. The largest population of street people live in my constituency on the streets of downtown Kingston” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about St Ann ) : “St Ann has benefited from a facility like this, Hanover, St Mary, St Elizabeth, and I am now here in Falmouth. One in St Thomas is almost completed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The events to which I refer include small outdoor concerts, parties, round-robins, launches, religious celebrations, and festivals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is a joined-up Government approach which will feature the employment of over 1,000 young people to ensure the effectiveness of the exercise. Some 350 will come from the ministry's Youth Summer Employment Programme, and over 800 are being trained by the Ministry of Health and Wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I took a conscious decision that if we are going to provide for these people who have served their country, we should provide the best possible solution, so that they can be comfortable living out the last days of their lives,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to appeal to Jamaicans to let us consider our brothers and sisters. We can't be selfish in this pursuit. While I understand that there are many livelihoods that are affected by their actions, it is not just the livelihood that is important; it is the lives that are important. Please understand and let us work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Entertainment, as it stands, is still on the banned list of activities that are [not] to take place across the country. I have advised the commissioner of police of these occasions and I have spoken with the Mayor of Portmore and have asked for his intervention in this matter,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The operations of Devon House will be closely monitored to see to it that the management of the entity takes all necessary steps to ensure that there are no further breaches of the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 7, 2020 2:54:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about On Thursday ) : “On Thursday we met with the entertainment sector here at the ministry to look at how we will deal with the possible reopening of the entertainment sector. We discussed at length what are the options that are available and we will continue these discussions,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 1:02:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The evidence of this breach is clear. It is a total violation of the rules and the police have been duly advised. This is a breach of the ban on gatherings at places of amusement as well as a breach of the nightly curfew hours. Even more disturbing is the fact that this event was promoted, and has been attended by large numbers of people every Friday for a protracted period. Quite frankly, this does not look good. I am surprised that the management of Devon House is permitting this event to happen and I am insisting on a formal explanation within 48 hours,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 5, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I also want to thank the concerned citizens who brought this to my attention and I want to encourage all our civic-minded Jamaicans to continue to report and reveal all violations they witness,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 5, 2020 8:55:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The councillors also strongly expressed the importance of ensuring that the municipal corporation adheres to modern principles and standards of good governance, that are foundation stones of the Local Governance Act,” “It is important to note that the councillors did not in any way accuse the mayor of impropriety, but strongly felt that the present atmosphere took attention away from the regulatory and development agenda that the municipal corporation should be focused on,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about St Ann ) : “The JLP councillors requested a meeting with me, and the recent controversies surrounding the St Ann Municipal Corporation, and specifically the issues involving the chairman were fully discussed at length. This meeting was attended by all 11 JLP councillors including the mayor, and the unanimous conclusion was that it was in the best interest of the municipal corporation to have the mayor step aside while the matters ventilated in the public domain are investigated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, July 4, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The unanimous conclusion was that it was in the best interest of the Municipal Corporation, to have the mayor step aside while the matters ventilated in the public domain are investigated,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 4, 2020 1:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Commission ) : “In my statement to this House last week, I spoke about the alarming rate of non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols at our beaches and rivers. In appealing for improved levels of personal responsibility, I stated that the Social Development Commission would observe and measure whether our beach and river-goers obeyed the reopening rules,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 2, 2020 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “There has to be a certain level of responsibility that is brought to the table by Jamaicans. We understand the importance of going to the beach and to rivers to exercise and to have some level of freedom, but we must do this in a controlled fashion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I had the opportunity to observe and to interact with him, first as a councillor in the then Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, and later as mayor. He was a serious force to be reckoned with, and he commanded the unwavering loyalty and respect of the vendors. While he was quick to challenge what he saw as mistakes by local and central government in dealing with the vendors, he was not defiant of public order. He supported many of the KSAMC’s initiatives to ensure harmony between business activity and good order and was not afraid to chastise conduct that was unruly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:16:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “so there is a legacy that can be named in honour of Milton Brown for the services that he offered in the field of local government,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 8:43:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There will be increased monitoring and reporting of activities at all beaches and rivers starting this weekend. At the same time, I am urging the operators of the beaches and rivers to strictly enforce the protocols. I am also once again urging citizens to be responsible, to do the right thing and fully observe the protocols,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So, we are looking to make some recommendations along those lines as to where we intend to go,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 8:47:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is a disgusting and disrespectful act,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I also want to use this opportunity to call for all mayors to ensure that the Municipal Police within their jurisdictions are clearly reminded about the purposes for which they exist, and about the proper use of the powers that they have. They have been trained to promote and maintain law and order in service to the people of their jurisdictions. This incident totally derogates from that ideal, and it must never, ever happen again,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 17, 2020 8:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Whatever negative people might have about West Kingston and the people of Tivoli Gardens in particular, the majority of people here are law-abiding, decent people,” “I would not deny that there are some among the residents who would do anything against the law and have been doing that, but the majority obey the law” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Normally we would be focusing our attention squarely at this time on the Atlantic hurricane season, but unfortunately, since early this year we have been turning our attention to the dreaded disease, the coronavirus virus which has been wreaking havoc across the world. There is no playbook as to how we respond... therefore we have to rely on the experts and on credible information, as a people, to respond to the crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “Let me say without doubt, the prime minister, when he officially convened the National Disaster Risk Management Council, indicated to the public that all systems are up and running. The ODPEM is well equipped... as the minister with responsibility I want to assure the country that all the resources that will be required to ensure that we can respond in a positive and meaningful way will be provided by the Government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Because of the work we have been doing over the years we have been able to minimise, in some areas, the effects of previous disasters. We might not have been able to deal effectively with all the areas but we will ensure that is done. I want to appeal to Jamaicans to ensure that we work together,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “It would be remiss of me not to mention that there have been negative comments that have been made about the work of ODPEM by persons who are misinformed and are not cognisant of the role of the ODPEM. I want to assure the country that we are in safe hands in regards to the management of disasters,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 1, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly... [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:19:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly… [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaica-star Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:33:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly… [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jis Sunday, May 31, 2020 1:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The municipal corporations are now in the process of rolling out the first phase of their mitigation programme, which is to commence shortly... [and] will be supported by the National Works Agency,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, May 29, 2020 11:38:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “Since becoming Councillor for the Mineral Heights Division in 1998, Milton Brown endeared himself to his constituents, and provided them with a special brand of leadership. His 22 years of dedicated service to the people of Clarendon has come to an end today. He was always a fighter, a driven individual, and he rallied against ill-health in the last few months. Even as I express condolences to his immediately family, friends and the wider family in the Mineral Heights Division and the Jamaica Labour Party, I give thanks for his years of devoted, outstanding service to the party, to local government and to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Of the survey that we did across the country, 80 per cent of our bar operators are operating without a food handler’s permit, which is part of the required Ministry of Health and Wellness regulations. Another frightening number that we have found, based on the survey, is that close to 85 per cent of bars are operating without a spirit licence,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “This is an opportunity that will be afforded to the operators to regularise their situation. We have been working with the Ministry of Justice. We are in possession of application forms, which will be circulated to those persons when we are doing the inspections on a daily basis. These forms must be filled out, meeting the criteria that are there. The Ministry of Justice will assist to ensure that the protocols are observed, so that the proper licensing regime can be extended to the operators of bars,” External link

jis Friday, May 22, 2020 5:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie asked : “Here is a man who moulds and shapes the political destiny of this country. How can we question or even contemplate whether or not a road should be named in honour of this outstanding Jamaican?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:44:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The social and physical distancing must be maintained. There shall be no events that promote social gathering, such as parties and round-robin events,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie warned : “We are going to ask operators to comply. Failure to make the system work will probably prevent us extending the period of operations for these bars,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am grappling with mixed emotions… I am really heartbroken about these killings, and at the same time I am outraged at just the utter wickedness and bloodthirsty mentality that can cause anyone to wipe two innocent children from the face of the earth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “I want them to understand that giving information is the best weapon against these evildoers who have deprived Jamaica of two children the future of the country. Let me go further… if you have information, and you are afraid to share it with the police, get in touch with me. I will use every resource I have to help to bring these criminals to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 8, 2020 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We continue to see too many brutal acts being played out against our children in the society, and despite the constant message being sent out to the general public, there still seems to be this level of hostility against our young people, and we are hoping that we will continue to see a decline in the rate of homicide and abuse of children,” “We can only continue to commemorate and celebrate the lives of those who have died under violent and tragic circumstances and appeal to the wider Jamaica to ensure that we love, cherish and respect our children” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 4, 2020 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The decision to postpone the seventh Regional Platform was taken in light of the global pandemic [COVID-19]. The health and safety of not just the Jamaican people but the delegates that would be attending from the wider region had to be taken into consideration. We regret having to postpone the event, but when hazards such as this present themselves, it cannot be business as usual. Our focus is now on controlling the virus to reduce its spread,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 1, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are very proud of the work we have already done for this platform and we are looking at possible dates to move it to. Once we have jointly settled on a date, that announcement will be made. We are taking this time to ensure that when we do stage the event, it will be the best one yet,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 1, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The cleaning today is just one of the features. Each institution will employ temporary workers for two months. Their job is to do additional cleaning of the facilities every day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The Corporate Area poses the greatest challenge in all of this because we actually don’t have a facility, outside of Marie Atkins, which is already bursting at the seams, so we will have to find ways in the Corporate Area to feed this large constituent of homeless people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 30, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The ban that was placed on the visits to infirmaries has now been moved from 14 days to 30 days, and the ban on new admissions is now 60 days,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now moving to establish isolation areas which are fully advanced and to make available at the Vineyard Town Golden Age Home and the Clarendon infirmaries some 30-odd rooms to facilitate social cases from public hospitals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed : “I have asked the NSWMA to work out a programme to see how best we can possibly deal with the issue surrounding Doctors Road landfill,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 6, 2020 6:06:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed : “I have asked the NSWMA to work out a programme to see how best we can possibly deal with the issue surrounding Doctors Road landfill,” External link

jis Friday, March 6, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is the intention of this administration to ensure that those of you who are at the lower level of the salary scale be brought up in a more meaningful way,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 1, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It’s the intention of this administration to ensure that those of you at the lower level of the salary ceiling will be brought up in a more meaningful way. You are doing something that many Jamaicans would not do, and if the country is ‘dutty,’ you can’t attract tourists to come here,” “Don’t let anybody fool you. They can’t do without you. You are important to Jamaica’s development, and if Jamaica must grow as a country, we have to grow as a clean country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “This Administration has taken a serious look at markets…we have done work on the Linstead Market. Jointly with the Port Authority of Jamaica, we built a brand new market in the town of Falmouth. When you go up further in the northern part of Trelawny, I opened a brand new transportation and refurbished market in Clarke's Town,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 24, 2020 2:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I know and fully appreciate that the mayor is passionate about, and dedicated to, the development of the parish of Hanover. Whatever his view about the accuracy of media stories or the motives of the media, his statement of hatred for some media practitioners, and in particular, his doing so in an official meeting of the municipal corporation, which he chairs, is completely unacceptable,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 15, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Poor Relief Department in each parish was charged to identify among the 15,000 registered poor who are in need of habitable housing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The building of these fully furnished studios has given new meaning to poor relief. By the end of this financial year, 35 such studios will be completed. The Government will show the importance of how those among us who are poor and destitute are treated. A housing assistance grant will be granted to each councillor so that they can give meaningful help to those in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I have always been displeased in how paupers are buried. This little box, which just barely covers the body, and grave which allows dogs to scratch it out, must stop. Going forward, the poor-relief system in each parish will be allocated $1 million to bury paupers. Some dignity must be added to those who are in our care when they die. A funeral grant will also be given to councillors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are also into helping to educate some from the poor and destitute who qualify. Taxpayers’ money has funded an education grant to the poor. Presently, there is a student at a university from my constituency who is being funded from this grant as he seeks to become a lawyer. He is doing well and meeting the conditions which will make him eligible to continue being funded,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The day will go down in history as perhaps one of the most traumatic in this country's history. We have taken too many things for granted in this country and Tuesday [January 28] was definitely an eye-opener,” “This is the worst earthquake we have had since 1993, and we cannot measure the psychological damage that has been created on the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 4, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We have taken a decision that the time has come, it should have happened before, but we now have to take the message about the dangers of earthquake right across the country. We are going into the parish of St Elizabeth on the 13th (February) in Black River for another such town hall meeting and then we are going to Lucea in Hanover the following week, the 19th. We are going to be going across the entire length and breadth of Jamaica, into the town centres, into communities such as this (Stettin), into the schools, to talk to Jamaicans,” “This Government decided that earthquake is not just in the month of January we talk about it. We started weeks ago, we had a town hall meeting in Trelawny where we spoke about disaster, we spoke about earthquake, we had one in Portland” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 3, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Despite the challenges we have as a country, our buildings stood up and resisted a 7.7 — that is nothing to gloat about but it is important. And so we must continue to be vigilant, we must continue to do what is necessary,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 3, 2020 8:41:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I need to see my son. I need to speak with him. I need to know that he is okay. I didn’t know it would have been so difficult for me to even speak with my son, and I’ve tried so many mediums,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It’s like actually a part of me is missing. A very huge chunk of my life gone, you know. It has affected me a whole lot,” “I’ve been to the doctor, I’m not sleeping, I’m restless, and to make matters worse, when she first told him that she was not coming back to Jamaica ... he called me on WhatsApp and he was saying ‘Daddy, you know Mommy said she not taking me back? I don’t know what she talking about. Are you coming to get me?” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “We need a healthy and a clean society, we need a country that is free from all the various kinds of problems that we see the world is experiencing today, but we have a problem here in Jamaica that we want to better once and for all,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 27, 2020 8:52:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are spending some good money in Portland. We are spending over $40 million to build a brand new male ward at the infirmary in Port Antonio. There are roads that we are committed to fixing. We will continue to improve the infrastructure for those who are in need. I want this unit to be completed in two months, and this unit and the other will cost $4.6 million. The units will be equipped with a bed, stove and other amenities as we are giving them a start,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Mr Gibson ) : “I was told that Mr Gibson served in the Jamaica Defence Force, so Mr Gibson in his younger days gave tremendous service to this country in the field of security. He is 79 and has not been rewarded or lived in a way that is affordable to someone who has served their country in the military. There are many Jamaicans, hundreds of Jamaicans, who are in a similar or worse situation than Mr Gibson. We are going to be building for the Gibson's a 300 square feet studio unit. This unit is going to come with the following features: bathroom and toilet all in one, kitchen, dining room, a bedroom and a 1000-gallon water tank,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 20, 2020 11:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Your obligation is to provide burial for persons who so desire to be buried,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 20, 2020 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “But it is because of the disregard for law and order why we have to go back and do it all over again,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country, has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now prepared to take the message of earthquake to the 14 parishes of Jamaica. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is tasked to prepare this programme, so that we can start the conversations in our schools, in businesses across the country, in our churches, in our communities, and focus on the things that we need to do,” “We are taking a number of steps to start to engage stakeholders in the country on this issue of disaster, as it relates to earthquakes. We’re establishing a National Earthquake Readiness Committee, and this committee is to be linked to the National Disaster Council and work along with the National Building Advisory Council” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 11, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Burial in public cemeteries, not just in Portland but across the country has become a major concern. Almost 70 per cent of the public cemeteries across the country that are controlled by the municipal corporations are either filled or at the point where burial can hardly take place,” “The other major issue that confronts them is to find suitable lands for burial,” External link

jis Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are making a difference; we will continue to improve the infrastructure for those who are in need,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 9, 2020 7:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is just a drop in the bucket when you consider the needs that are there. But all it takes is one step at a time, one step at a time. I know the demands out there are great,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 9, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are providing six scholarships for a total of $8 million that will see persons trained in technical competencies and skills required in the ministry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are providing six scholarships for a total of $8 million that will see persons being trained in technical competencies and skills required in the ministry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 3, 2020 10:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am not saying we are where we want to be, but we are in a much much better position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 20, 2019 7:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The lights are installed for your benefit, to protect you, and in some places, persons are removing the lights. What they do is drive [into the communities] in trucks, and when they are questioned, they say the street light is not working, so they have to fix it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is important that we protect your investment. When the lights go out, there are numbers that you can call, or report it to your councillors and your pastors,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I know there are still challenges with the JPS but I can tell you that over the last two years, we have seen significant improvement in the work of the JPS as it relates to the repairs and installation of new street lights,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Shortly from now entities operating without licences and permits, we will be publishing their names in the papers so the public will be advised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:27:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “For the first time, a conference of this nature will be held outside of the Americas. Jamaica is the smallest country to ever be the host,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “A new feature of the conference will be the involvement of young people. They will have a whole day to express themselves to the delegates on what disaster means to them. They will also be singing a song to be titled Disaster is Our Business’,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Our education drive will be taken to the smallest of children,” “They must know how to recognise disasters and how to respond when faced with it. It must be impressed on them that disaster can cripple the tourism industry, which is a major foreign exchange earner” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Let’s use this Christmas to begin to fight against this cancer called crime and violence that’s destroying the lives of many Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 18, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “Despite the attempt by the authorities, in some cases people drive them out of their yards and draw machetes on them. I want to give a warning that the Government is going to respond in a positive way to persons who obstruct workers who are executing their responsibility to rid this country of the dengue epidemic that is taking over the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “The Government, over the last three years, has strengthened our programme to assist the less fortunate across the country. We are spending more money on our infirmaries, we are spending more money on our poor, we are ensuring that those persons who require the help of the State are not deprived of benefits whenever they are required,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 7:30:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “Is not just the party people dem alone make noise, the people dem inna the church make noise, too. So it is not only party people that we talking about, we talking about everybody that makes noise to disturb their neighbours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “What we are saying is that the amendment to the Noise Abatement [Act], and to the hours, is just to facilitate persons through the holiday. It is not a licence to use it to disturb your neighbours,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are having a press briefing on Tuesday in Kingston and we are going to be speaking more from the perspective of the local authority, as to how we intend to ensure that we get a level of compliance because promoters and persons who keep these sessions, who continue to violate the right to hold these sessions, should not be given permits by the local authority to hold these events,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 13, 2019 9:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Finance has granted us permission to put in for the first time in our infirmaries 16 dieticians and physiotherapists. And, so when we roll out this new dispensation, it will be done to service all our locations across the country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 8, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The junior mayors, in their discussions with me, indicated that they feel that the diet in the infirmaries is not right and they need a dietician. I am pleased to announce that the Ministry of Finance has granted us permission to put in, for the first time in our infirmaries, 16 dieticians overall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What you’re getting as salary is not adequate, and that is why at times we can’t retain some of the qualified and skilled professionals, like the registered nurses, that you need in the system. The discussions on improvement in salaries are well advanced, and we’re now well out of the blocks in terms of discussions as it relates to bringing up registered nurses to the same level as those who work in our public hospitals across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We’re doing what we knew should have been done to improve the conditions in our infirmaries. We’re not just talking about loving the poor because you can’t love without money and you can’t love on hungry bellies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 7, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We intend to increase the allowance for the Junior Mayors Programme to $750,000, because the legacy of these projects [will] speak for themselves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “In discussions we had in Portland, in a meeting with councillors and members of parliament, the JPS indicated to me that people are stealing a number of new street lights. One of the ways they go about stealing the lights is that the truck will drive up and they climb the posts, and they say the light is not working, so they’re taking down the lights to have them wired,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The JPS has so far installed 10,200 brand new streetlights, which is 85 per cent installation. They’ve also repaired 1,200 streetlights, and they are on target to complete the parish of St James, hopefully, before the end of the calendar year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I want to advise Jamaica that they don’t need to take the light off the pole to repair it, so anybody you see doing that, call the police because it is a thief taking the light,” “The Government can’t be in an agreement with JPS to put up new lights, and then the people who are to benefit turn around and steal the lights. To replace them comes at a cost, and I’m urging the people in St James to support the lights because it’s your tax dollars that are paying for them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have to become appreciative of our circumstances in disasters. We are in the top tier of disaster-risk countries in this region, and Jamaica is the most strategic point in the Caribbean, and for those of you who don’t understand how serious this issue is, 85 per cent of our country’s resources and power are vested in coastal areas,” “The Bank of Jamaica sits on the edge of the Kingston waterfront, plus the House of Parliament, the Supreme Court, our oil refinery, our two major hospitals, our airports, and every major institution that wields power is coastal. If we get the kind of disaster that The Bahamas got a couple of weeks ago, you know what that means to the survival of this country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We have a propensity to believe that you should not adhere to the rules. While there’s not enough in terms of what needs to happen, we’re still getting a lot of indiscipline that’s coming from our residents,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I suggested to the United Nations when they were here a couple weeks ago, that our young people in Jamaica, through the various interactions, have shown a deep interest in disaster resilience. Normally, when you go to these conferences you have a one person come up and that one person will represent young people, as they put it, and that one person will make a contribution. But I have suggested to them that I am not in the one-person situation, and I have put to the United Nations, through UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), and they have now accepted that on the 7th of July, here in Montego Bay, we will be hosting a youth forum on disaster risk reduction. Only young people will be participating in that conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted ( about Disaster Risk Reduction ) : “Jamaica has been fortunate to have been nominated to host the seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are already in the planning stages of it (conference) and we want it to be a success. Your participation here and in the general discussions that have taken place at the level of our young people, I believe that we will be successful in this conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “One thing I can say to them: badmind is not a good thing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “We just opened a swing bridge. We are spending some $45 million at the [Portland] Infirmary and we are doing a number of roads across this section of Portland. The Councillors have made the necessary representations and we have listened to the people and we are now responding,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are going to be allocating out of a special source of funding that has come to the ministry through the consolidated fund a sum of $30 million to undertake repairs on that road at Tom's Hope. It is important that we ensure in whatever way we can to provide these services for the citizens of our country,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 11, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We want to give a different look, a different feel to how we treat these people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Today, I am here to declare this swing bridge officially open. The actual work of the construction started in 2018. And not only was the construction of the bridge completed on time and within budget, but the work also provided opportunities for many people in the community, who gained employment during the period of the construction. This is a part of the Government’s promise to build and improve infrastructure across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie concluded : “I am giving the assurance to the community that we will endeavour to at least make driving a little bit easier than it presently is on the road. I am happy that I am here to join in, not the opening, but it is a celebration. Through the Ministry of Local Government, we will do everything that is humanly possible to ensure that the conditions that you live in, you are able to access your living conditions in an easy way. I want to urge residents to take care of the bridge,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This bridge falls under the direct control of the Portland Municipal Corporation. It is a part of the Government’s thrust, using local government to improve lives in the various communities across the country. Driving here, the condition of the road leaves a lot to be desired,,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “A commitment that we gave to the country is that we would bring Local Government to the level, where the trust and respect that is required in order to drive the service, that we restore it,” “I want us to raise the bar much higher than we have set it, because the success of local government is predicated on all of us, regardless of who we are,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 5, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are expecting that all councillors will register for the conference,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The conference will showcase Jamaica as one of the leaders of disaster (preparedness in the region), given that this region (Caribbean) is in the top-three most vulnerable [for disasters] in the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 18, 2019 10:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There are over 25,000 kilometres of road network in the country that fall under the control of local government, and we will never have enough funds to deal with [all] of them. We are reviewing the road network, because some of the roads that are listed no longer exist,” “Once we have done that, we will be in a much better position to look at the real needs of our roads,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I am disappointed that elected representatives, members of staff and the public who come here are exposed to these conditions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am disappointed and upset about Westmoreland,” “The building started in 2010 and the building is still in limbo. The choice of the contractor was wrong” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:32:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “Two more will be constructed and I hope that at least we can complete one more before the end of the calendar year. We are going down [to] Myersville and then we are going down to Tryall in Junction with the other one,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, October 7, 2019 7:34:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Edward Seaga ) : “Edward Seaga was no ordinary man; he was a caring, loving, honest and decent man, someone whom we considered to be the best thing that happened to many of us in West Kingston,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:58:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I really must express my own sympathies to the teacher and to her family, and wish her a swift and complete physical and emotional recovery. She was simply going about her business when this traumatic and frightening incident occurred,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make a special appeal to the owners and carers of dogs to exercise a high degree of responsibility in managing them. I am calling for them to be properly managed at all times, so that an incident such as this does not recur,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no quick fix to the problems we face on our landfills across the country,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “We’re looking to relocate at least two landfills, but it’s going to take a lot of money, and divestment doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 20, 2019 9:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “So, you can’t give one man $3 million, one man $4 million and one man $5 million. This $25 million is to be used in a way that when you go to where the work was undertaken, you see some sidewalks, drains and a proper road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:27:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added ( about Commission ) : “The fire brigade is here and the National Water Commission is here and a part of this new dispensation is the installation of three new fire hydrants at separate points across the landfill to assist in case there is a fire,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not only putting in the systems, the response team will have an all terrain vehicle. They will have a closed user group (CUG) telephone system… to ensure that you are in a position to report what is taking place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:59:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie announced ( about Disaster Risk Reduction ) : “I have tasked the custos and the mayor to work jointly, mobilising the business community and the leadership in the parish to participate with the neighbouring municipality in St James when Jamaica hosts, next year in July, the seventh Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Following discussions, the custos and the mayor agreed that the interest of the parish takes precedence over everything. The custos has joined us here this [Thursday]morning, not just as a PR [public relations] [move] but as a show of good faith to rise above any petty foolishness that was blown out of proportion by those who want to create disunity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 16, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This vision has finally become a reality,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Once the facility is completed, it will solve the problems of not having an adequate fire service here in Montego Bay – not only in Montego Bay but in the western part of the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no denying that over the years, the brigade lacked the kind of support to give it what is needed. Since this administration came into being in 2016, we have spent close to $800 million on improving the Jamaica Fire Brigade, not just in terms of building out facilities but providing vital equipment to the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 16, 2019 9:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “there is no quick fix to the problems that we face at our landfills” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “Let's say that divestment does not happen overnight just like that, it takes time. And as a Government we want to be clear that whatever decision we make on the divestment is one that will be of benefit to the people of Jamaica. So those who are saying why is it taking so long...we know it is taking long but we want to be very, very careful in what we are doing,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We not saying that what we are doing will answer all the concerns but at least it is going to put the organisation in a much better position to respond,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie outlined : “For years this disposal site has been a bone of contention in St James and in the neighbouring parishes...the smoke nuisance and all the unnecessary things associated with fire. Some of them were set deliberately and some, based on the location, would happen naturally. The cry of the residents has been loud, the criticism of the Government hurts,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 15, 2019 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : “It is very unfortunate that these moments of embarrassment were played out between April and August of this year. Before today’s meeting, I spoke with both men, who agreed to a new start,” “Both men have agreed to leave the past behind them and work together in the interest of the parish. There is room for both men, who have important roles to play in the parish, to exist. There is no cross borders between them” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 13, 2019 9:14:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Hurricane Matthew ) : “I remember when we did what we did during (Hurricane) Matthew we were severely criticised for being over excessive. We can't criticise a Government for being proactive when it comes on to disaster. It is better that you do it than don't do it none at all. And we are not going to wait to see if it is going to happen. I am therefore putting all the municipalities on notice to activate their disaster response mechanisms to ensure that we have all the things that are necessary to be in place,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Put them on a list of priority so that we can identify them if the time comes for them to be relocated,” “We have to look at what happened in The Bahamas and tek sleep and mark death,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Commission ) : “The Social Development Commission will become involved in this programme because they have a network that is critical to supplement the work of the municipal corporation to go into these communities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, September 13, 2019 9:10:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “After consultations with the Prime Minister [Andrew Holness] and the chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force [Lieutenant General Rocky Meade] we have sent two specialists from the National Environment and Planning Agency. They are marine biologists Gabrielle-Jae Watson and Donavan Sankey. Manager of Safety, Environment and Quality at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Leon Jarrett is also part of the team to The Bahamas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 5, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are seeing bush fires in many parishes now. It is going to be critical that the public education about bush fires be upgraded so we can send this message right across the island, because the entire country is suffering from the changes in our environment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, August 1, 2019 6:42:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Because of the demand on the programme and the fact that hundreds of young people have shown an interest…we are looking at close to 4,000 young people for this year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 9:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have been getting complaints about the behaviour of some of the young people in the programme. Let me make it quite clear, abundantly clear, this is not a political programme. I don’t care which mayor or which councillor recommend you for the job,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “I don’t want you to develop this attitude as if to say, ‘Well, I don’t have to do anything for the money’. It’s not going to work that way. If you don’t work, you will not be paid, and I urge you not to allow this group to be the group that give the programme bad marks,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Edward Seaga was not only a public figure, he was the kind of man we were longing for in our lives in Western Kingston,” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie recalled : “We had many unforgettable experiences with him. The first time that many of us had milkshake and hamburger came from one of the many trips that ‘Papa Eddie’ took us on to Monty’s on Old Hope Road,” External link

repeatingislands Tuesday, June 25, 2019 8:37:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “Edward Seaga was not only a public figure, he was the kind of man we were longing for in our lives in Western Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 24, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie recalled : “We had many unforgettable experiences with him. The first time that many of us had milkshake and hamburger came from one of the many trips that 'Papa Eddie' took us on to Monty's on Old Hope Road,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 24, 2019 3:46:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica," External link

startribune Monday, June 24, 2019 6:00:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

ChinaPost Monday, June 24, 2019 5:53:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : "You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica," External link

ABCnews Monday, June 24, 2019 2:58:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

seattletimes Monday, June 24, 2019 2:26:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “You are a father to thousands in West Kingston and across Jamaica,” External link

TorontoStar Monday, June 24, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “believed in all of us, who respected our views, who accepted us for who we are” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared ( about Edward Seaga ) : “In life and in death, Edward Seaga belong to us, and we belong to him,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 22, 2019 8:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people of west Kingston believe that Edward Seaga fits the bill, based on his performance in this country, to be considered Jamaica’s eighth national hero,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “I urge you to celebrate his life and let us put him to rest (while) paying him the honour and the respect that he so richly deserves,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 7, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about Kingston Western ) : “I want west Kingston to remember him when he was walking and living among the poor here. I don't want anybody to follow any fool-fool argument about our beloved leader. We have to respect his wishes and the wishes of his family,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 7, 2019 8:37:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Finally, the people in western Jamaica will have a brand new fire station,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 2, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “As Jamaicans we need to change our attitudes and our behaviour because this is something that is costing us dearly as a country, and we can ill-afford to be spending money constantly, simply because as citizens we are just less than conscious of our responsibility to keep our environment clean,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:01:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Economic Growth Council has identified the development approvals process as one of local government's critical contributions to the growth agenda. Through the Building Act, the local authorities are managing a modern legislative instrument that will change the face of Jamaica while generating own-source revenue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 31, 2019 10:08:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : “This is not a period of mourning, this is a period of celebration, acknowledging and giving thanks for his (Seaga) life and for all that he has done for us here in west Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “This year, the education grant for each division will be increased to $500,000. Additionally, the allocation for administrative assistance will be increased from $25,000 to $30, 000,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie informed ( about St Ann ) : “We also started constructing modern, concrete houses for indigent persons living outside of the infirmary system. We started in Clarendon with the aim of building 28 such houses for 2018/19. Eleven of the houses were completed, or are in various stages of completion in St Ann, St Thomas, Trelawny and St Andrew. This includes two that were built in Lime Hall and in Beecher Town, St Ann, at a combined cost of $4 million, while another was built in Irish Town in St Andrew at a cost of $2 million. Just last month, I handed over housing units in Hatfield in Manchester,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “It is expected that by 2021, all local authorities will apply the same building fees to the same categories of building applications, islandwide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “The National Solid Waste Management Authority continues to be a positive example of government in action. The agency continues to practice sound corporate governance, with all outstanding audited financial statements and annual reports having been updated,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:50:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I met President [Ronald] Reagan because of him; I went to the White House because of him. I remember meeting Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Miriam Makeba,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “The opportunities that were presented to hundreds, thousands of people like me who probably never had any hope are amazing. I see him as a father many of us never had,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “When he became the MP, as young boys and girls, we never had any vote, but we use to run around … . He used to come and pick us up [and] carry us up to Monty’s on Old Hope Road,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, May 29, 2019 9:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no honour that is too high; there is nothing that is humanly possible that cannot be said about your overall contribution to the success of the National Solid Waste Management,” “Everybody has to play their part; it can't be just the organisation and those who work (there),” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 20, 2019 8:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is not what we want, but this is what we can do for now,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 13, 2019 9:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “For the next year, the water will be provided free of cost. We will review it then to see how it works; but no resident should be turned away, because there is no fee associated with the water at this time. We will be ensuring that the tanks should never run dry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:45:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The purpose of the tablets, especially for the councillors, is to assist them, in their work. [Regarding] the poor relief officers, I made a commitment to them in 2016 in Portland, that if we are going to lift the standard of the poor relief departments, which we are doing, then it means that we must put them in a position to do the work and do it in an effective way,” “Many of the poor relief officers throughout the country operate out of big books and some exercise books with limited resources to do the work, and we took a conscious decision to give them the tools to do the work,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 29, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie argued : “Jamaica needs to respect and recognise these people who come to the centres for the kind of assistance that they need,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 29, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We committed last year to build 28 such facilities across the island, two for each parish. We made a commitment that we are going to build houses that will stand the test of time and we are going to use concrete and steel,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:30:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “The PNP have not come out in Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 5, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I am hoping that in the new fiscal year, it will be tabled in Parliament, debated and passed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 28, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This plaza contains the current headquarters of our agency, the Jamaica Fire Brigade. I want to assure our firefighters and Fire Brigade staff there, as well as the decent men and women who do business at the various stores within the complex every day that the police are working to capture the person behind this attack, and to create a greater sense of safety at the premises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 22, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie Added : “The truck will pass and spend one hour doing all the cleaning, and five minutes after the truck left [someone would ask the question, 'Did the truck come into this area?'” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 21, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have two more that are under construction, one in St Thomas and one in Trelawny, which is almost complete, so this will bring the total number of drop-in centres that we would have started construction on and would have completed since 2016 to eight,” “The eight facilities are catering for some 700 persons right across the country” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is something that I am embarrassed about, and I think it is unfortunate, and I am saying again, without fear of contradiction, when that contractor was chosen, it was the wrong contractor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The contractor, as far as I am concerned, based on what I have seen, didn’t at the time possess the ability, financially and otherwise, to undertake the work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “What is now being done, they (the WMC) have to write [to the permanent secretary in the ministry] to get the approval to undertake the remaining portion of the work by using a different means, and that is now being done,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “It was clear that the contractor, financially and otherwise, did not have the capacity to undertake work of that magnitude,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:38:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "While I am hopeful that the police will find whoever is responsible for this evil act, I want to urge the immediate and wider community in St Thomas to give our law enforcement officials all the information you have right away. It is the least that you can do to honour Madge Morris, who, even after her active time as a long-serving councillor, continued to be a stalwart community development advocate and contributed to economic growth as a farmer," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:33:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “It is particularly disheartening that a lady of her age and status in her community could have suffered death in this way. Whatever our political affiliations, we are servants of the people at the local level and we are human beings who have a right to our lives” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 11, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Madge Morris was known and appreciated in and beyond the boundaries of St Thomas. On behalf of the ministry and all the municipal corporations, I wish to express condolences to her family and friends, and the hope that whoever has robbed them of her, will swiftly be brought to justice,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 11, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Let me underscore the commitment of the ministry in gender mainstreaming by indicating that we have every intention of establishing gender focal points within the 14 municipal corporations islandwide,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 30, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "It's about doing what we should be doing," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, January 17, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “When it was brought to my attention it touched me in many ways,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 11, 2019 8:40:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “I want to start my comments this afternoon by first of all extending my own personal congratulations to the new commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, someone with over some 28 years of service to the brigade, and someone who I believe commands the respect and the support of the men and women of the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told ( about St Ann ) : "I'm proud to announce that in our forecast of the 2019-2020 financial year, instead of putting in requests for two or three trucks, we've put in requests for 10 trucks and two additional fire-boats for the parishes of St Ann and Portland. We're anticipating that by the end of the financial year 2020 going into 2021, the JFB would be in a position where every fire station in the country will have a working fire unit," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I believe that the JFB is easily one of the most effective agencies of government, and I want to congratulate the men and women, those who are serving and who have served previously. The administration will do all that is humanly possible to provide the resources to ensure that the men and women of the JFB are able to respond to fires," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 29, 2018 9:20:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about King Street ) : "Many years ago when I sat in the chair at the KSAC as mayor, we came up with an idea to convert the old clinic at the top of King Street into a modern drop-in facility for persons living on the streets of the Corporate Area. We were not able to complete the mission, but tonight, I'm pleased to announce that this year, I'm in a better place to ensure that those wishes are fulfilled," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:31:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "There is a part of the puzzle that we oftentimes disregard, and that is the element of those who make us look good," "Without the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our staff, a lot could not, and will never be, accomplished, because by ourselves, we would not be able to succeed" External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:14:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "St James has almost 35 per cent of its households in squatting communities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:23:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We have given the municipal authority permission to take $10 million from its emergency funds to start working right away. We will be making another $10 million available from the equalisation fund," "We are very happy that there is no recorded loss of life, but there has been extensive damage that has been done to private and public property, and it is the commitment of the Ministry of Local Government to work closely with the St James Municipal Corporation, and I will be back here from Tuesday next week to spend at least two days in the parish doing a detailed assessment and to see how best we can respond to this major crisis" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 24, 2017 9:01:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : "We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate (for), but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems," "When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are going to tackle the road problems. The Government will move to ensure that we pay attention to the concerns right across the country, not just from those who are demonstrating, but (also) there is a genuine need for us to tackle the problems of roads across the country," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 11, 2017 8:06:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : “We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate (for), but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems,” “When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars,” External link

jis Friday, November 10, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have said to all the municipal corporations that it makes no sense you spend scarce dollars now in throwing some marl on the road and rain washes it out, and then two days after, you hear people saying that you gave your political cronies some work and you are wasting taxpayers’ money. It makes no sense,” External link

jis Friday, November 10, 2017 6:48:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "People complain about street lights not working, but there are many communities where all they do is shoot out and stone out the lights to hide their deeds," External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 10, 2017 8:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "You have to become protectors of this massive investment that the Government has made on your behalf," "I am going to ask the councillors to ensure that when you go to your community meetings, you emphasise the importance of having streetlights. The parish is affected by high levels of crime, so it is everybody's business to ensure that they protect the lights when they are installed" External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 10, 2017 8:18:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie urged : “We understand that persons are hurting. Motor vehicles are going through some rough times, and I want to say we are not against people demonstrating for better roads and whatever you feel is your right to demonstrate [for], but do it in a way that does not dislocate and create problems,” “When you burn tyres and do all the other things, if the cost to repair the road was a million dollars before, after you have finished demonstrating, it is going to cost much more than a million dollars,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 10, 2017 3:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I have said to all the municipal corporations that it makes no sense you spend scarce dollars now in throwing some marl on the road and rain washes it out, and then two days after, you hear people saying that you gave your political cronies some work and you are wasting taxpayers' money. It makes no sense,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 10, 2017 3:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "It is the councillors who have to regulate their behaviour and raise the level of discourse in the corporations to the point where all can admire the quality of the exchanges and the decisions that emerge from them," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "If there are issues where councillors say inappropriate things in meetings, those issues cannot be resolved by banning the media," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:35:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : “If there are issues where Councillors say inappropriate things in meetings, those issues cannot be resolved by banning the media. It is the Councillors who have to regulate their behaviour, and raise the level of discourse in the Corporations to the point where all can admire the quality of the exchanges and the decisions that emerge from them” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 8, 2017 8:22:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have stressed the importance of community development because it is important that people understand that the Ministry is not just about cleaning drains. It is not just about providing allocation for councillors… but we do have community development as an integral part of the Ministry’s portfolio agenda,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people in tourism here in Falmouth would be pleased to hear that the Ministry will be having a stakeholders meeting, bringing to the table the tourism sector, so that we can understand what are the needs…and the tourism sector will understand what are the needs of Local Government,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Property tax now is no longer one big down payment. You can pay property taxes the same way you put credit on your phone. So you pay what you can afford. Because I don’t know of any government that turns away revenue. But remember if you don’t pay, you can’t complain when your garbage is not collected,” External link

jis Monday, November 6, 2017 8:20:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Eighty per cent of the services to the people of this country. are delivered through local government," External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Eleven million dollars has been allocated to the SDC for 285 projects, 22 of which are for Trelawny," "This is so because local government regards community development as part of its mandate" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "I am appealing to the criminal elements to stop shooting down the lights. When you do that, it costs taxpayers to replace them," "It is through property taxes paid by you that our monthly bill is paid. When we have to replace the lights, it is money that can be used to provide other services" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : "We have arranged that by the end of this year, 35,000 are to be retrofitted with energy-saving smart bulbs. So far, the number has reached 20,000," "The arrangement goes further. In three years, we expect that 105,000 lights will be retrofitted" External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 6, 2017 8:12:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have stressed the importance of community development because it is important that people understand that the ministry is not just about cleaning drains. It is not just about providing allocation for councillors… but we do have community development as an integral part of the ministry's portfolio agenda,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The people in tourism here in Falmouth would be pleased to hear that the ministry will be having a stakeholders meeting, bringing to the table the tourism sector, so that we can understand what are the needs…and the tourism sector will understand what are the needs of local government,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “Property tax now is no longer one big down payment. You can pay property taxes the same way you put credit on your phone. So you pay what you can afford. Because I don't know of any government that turns away revenue. But remember if you don't pay, you can't complain when your garbage is not collected,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 5, 2017 1:22:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Tonight is a night of celebrations for the people. We are just here to tell you thanks!" External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:48:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Tonight is a night of celebrations for the people. We are just here to tell you thanks," External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 31, 2017 7:29:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “There is a culture of waste of State resources in this country, where some people feel that ‘somebody has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me’. There comes a point in time (when) we have to stop… and that is the decision I have taken,” External link

jis Saturday, October 14, 2017 3:11:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said ( about National Health ) : "We are working very closely with the Ministry of Health, through the National Health Fund, and they are providing the ambulances. All that is asked of us is to provide the personnel for training," External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, September 26, 2017 8:19:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not going to wait. We believe it is important as a Government that we become very proactive, and we must learn from the past. We must take a leaf out of the book of our neighbours. They heeded the warnings (to evacuate), and I can only urge us here in Jamaica to ensure that we take the necessary steps to prevent loss of life in case of any disaster,” External link

jis Wednesday, September 20, 2017 2:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are not going to wait. We believe it is important as a Government that we become very proactive, and we must learn from the past. We must take a leaf out of the book of our neighbours. They heeded the warnings (to evacuate), and I can only urge us here in Jamaica to ensure that we take the necessary steps to prevent loss of life in case of any disaster,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:57:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The Government is looking at the possibility of sending a delegation to at least have a first-hand look at what has taken place in the region and to offer much closer assistance and contact with our Jamaican nationals in these respective areas,” External link

jis Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:13:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Based on what has taken place so far it is difficult to find almost everybody," External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:46:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie told : “This is a community with more than 1,000 residents, and one of the major challenges they face is a lack of running water. It is also a farming community, and based on the discussions that I have with the farmers, they are upbeat about this move,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie noted : “We will be doing two such water shops in this area. The other one will be in Banana Ground in the Bellefield area, where there is also a serious water shortage,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “This is what your property tax is doing; if you pay property tax, we, in turn, must provide the basic services that the money is intended for,” External link

jis Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:29:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles," External link

jamaica-star Friday, August 25, 2017 6:25:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles,” External link

jis Friday, August 25, 2017 3:50:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Your contribution will go a far way in the latest initiative of changing out the old street light system and opting for energy efficiency in terms of proper lighting," "Your accounting mechanism of the number of street lights across the country that aren't working will help us to work closely with the Jamaica Public Service in improving the service and, most importantly, reducing the cost to the Government that we have to pay for street lights on an annual basis" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:24:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie adds : “Everyone in the Ministry of Local Government and its agencies has an obligation…we must pay. So the first set of names that will be published in the media will be those of elected representatives (if they fail to comply). We won’t have the moral authority to talk about others if we are not paying,” External link

jis Tuesday, February 28, 2017 4:54:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : "The time of patching is over and done with. The Ministry of Local Government will be providing $20 million to commence work on this road leading to Bustamante's birthplace. And I am giving a commitment to the community that when we celebrate Labour Day 2017, this road will reflect what Sir Alexander Bustamante deserves," External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The sole purpose of working with the tax mobile is to ensure that we maximize the collection of property taxes,” External link

jis Monday, February 20, 2017 10:02:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it abundantly clear that at no time was any such mention made and that what existed before in terms of property tax payment will not change,” External link

jis Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:03:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “I want to make it abundantly clear that at no time was any such mention made and that what existed before in terms of property tax payment will not change,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 11, 2017 7:11:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie asked : “How many finance committee chairs have taken the responsibility to know how your committee works? How many councillors have ever read the procurement guidelines outlining how we operate responsibly as an organisation?” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 11:03:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no curriculum in Jamaica that speaks to local government,” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “There is no curriculum in Jamaica that speaks to local government,” External link

jis Friday, January 20, 2017 8:17:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie added : “Our challenge, as a country, is to look again at the spaces we occupy and the building practices we engage in to ensure that we are, as best as possible, prepared for the passage, or aftermath, of an earthquake… and demonstrate that we have learnt from that experience,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:39:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "Let this tree be a symbol of change, a symbol of hope. Let it be the light that will shine in the very dark corners of your beautiful city ... I want you to strengthen that argument by uniting as one family ... to change the face of Montego Bay," External link

jamaica-star Friday, December 16, 2016 10:31:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “The disparity between what I used to get when I was the Mayor of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation ( KSAC) and what my friends in Montego Bay and Portmore are getting, compared with the other mayors in the other parishes has to stop,” “There has to be an equal playing field right across the board. We want to have those discussions where we can get this thing straightened out. This is long overdue,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : “We have some forms that speak to integrity and personal assets and I urge you to ensure they are read by all the councillors,” External link

jis Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:08:00 PM EAT

Desmond McKenzie declared : "One of the weaknesses of the local government is that we complain that the resources that we have is limited, it is not enough, but I am telling you, money is not the problem," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated : "However, since it exists, then let us use it until we are able to change it. It is not every day you must write to the minister asking for favours, you have the capabilities," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "One of the regulations speaking to how you dispose of the municipal's assets, whether rented, lease, or sale, is that you must apply to the ministry to seek permission. But if we are talking about making you self-sufficient and giving that independent leg to stand on, then you should not seek anybody's permission to dispense on your own," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "We are going to be reinstituting, beginning next year, an allocation to the 228 municipal divisions across the country of an indigent grant for the assistance of housing repairs for the indigent in your respective divisions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie explained : "When I became a councillor in 1977, one of the prides of a councillor was the fact that you were able to offer, at the time, indigent grant support to your divisions," External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie said : "There can be no excuse. Having resources is not an issue for the municipal corporations across the country. One of the things that we experienced over the last four years is excuses for inefficiency and non-performance, and we want to get past that," "I want to make the announcement this afternoon because we are going to be strengthening your ability as local representatives to deliver service" External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:56:00 AM EAT

Desmond McKenzie stated ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “It is well known, and indeed, the director of elections has referred to it, that the party with the popular vote in the parish selects the mayor, and the other side will select the deputy mayor,” “In this instance, the mayor comes from the Jamaica Labour Party. Despite the fact that an election petition has been filed with respect to the Yallahs Division, there is no justification for the duly elected representatives who won on the PNP ticket to refrain from being sworn in today,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 9, 2016 9:43:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
minister38.66%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
local government minister35.82%EN10/18/201718/10/2017
minister of local government7.61%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
community development minister3.43%EN10/17/201717/10/2017
government minister2.24%EN05/17/201717/05/2017
mp1.04%EN03/22/201722/03/2017
farmer0.45%EN12/19/201619/12/2016
leader0.30%EN11/29/201629/11/2016
senator0.45%EN11/19/201619/11/2016
local government minister senator0.15%EN11/19/201619/11/2016
manchester local government minister0.15%EN11/06/201606/11/2016
ministro de gobierno0.30%ES10/04/201604/10/2016
maire de kingston0.15%FR10/01/201601/10/2016
ancien maire de kingston0.15%FR10/01/201601/10/2016
minister of culture0.30%EN09/14/201614/09/2016
photographer local government minister0.15%EN09/08/201608/09/2016
trelawny local government minister0.15%EN08/03/201603/08/2016
minister of local government and community development4.78%EN07/05/201605/07/2016
yhomo hutchinson local government minister0.30%EN06/10/201610/06/2016
holness and local government minister0.15%EN06/09/201609/06/2016
local government and community development minister0.60%EN06/04/201604/06/2016
hanover local government minister0.15%EN05/27/201627/05/2016
lawmaker0.90%EN04/16/201416/04/2014
mayor0.75%EN05/27/201027/05/2010
councillor0.90%EN12/12/200912/12/2009
Names Lang Count
Desmond McKenzieEN87.09%
Desmond McKenzieFR6.89%
Desmond McKenzieDE4.73%
Desmond McKenziePT0.72%
Desmond McKenzieES0.57%


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