Apart from dancing to and listening to their songs, Jamaica has some few things in common with Uganda. We gained our independence from Britain on 9th October 1962 and they gained theirs too on 6th August the same year also from Britain. Of recent, Jamaica was also in the elections season of choosing their government leaders.
Andrew Holness 43 who was the flag bearer for the Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) won 33 of the country’s 63 seats in a vote with a 47% turnout, beating the People’s National Party (PNP) of the outgoing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller with 43%. For the next four years, Hon Andrew Holness will be Jamaica’s top leader and will still stand a chance to contest again in their next general elections in 2020.
“We have changed the government, now the hard work begins to change the way government works. This requires partnership. All hands on deck.” Andrew Holness said the bundle of joy on his Facebook account after being announced prime minister.
Did you know that the outgoing Jamaican Prime Minister was a lady? Hon. Portia Simpson Miller 70 took the power in January 2012 and Thursday the 25th of this month saw Holness take the seat from her. He previously served as the Minister of Education from 2007 to 2012. Shortly after taking office, he led his party, the Jamaican Labour Party, to defeat in the December 2011 general election. He has served as leader of the opposition from January 2012 to February 2016.
He becomes the youngest person to become prime minister of the world’s renowned Reggae/Dancehall Island. We say congratulations to him.